Aamir Khan was in the centre of a huge controversy recently, when news began doing the rounds about his statements that India is intolerant. However, at a recent press conference to celebrate 10 years of Rang De Basanti, the actor went on record to clear the air and said that there’s no question of him leaving the country:
I love my country, I was born here and I will die here. I have never thought of leaving India and will never take such a step. I never said India is intolerant or I want to leave the country… these two things have been said to everyone. So, obviously, people will get hurt and I understand their emotions. I am not surprised they are angry with me. But, there is no truth to this all…
He further went on the blame the media for twisting his words, saying that he never meant what people said he did:
I want to clear this: I have never said India is intolerant. Our country is diverse with so many languages, culture… no other country has so much diversity as India and that’s the strength of our country. But, despite this strength, if anybody tries to break us, that hurts me. Let’s not make this country weak. Let’s not spread poison and let’s live together. I love my country and I’m not able to live more than two weeks out of the country. I get homesick. I was hurt and along with me many people have been hurt because of this misunderstanding. I give this credit to [the media] because you all have twisted my words. I request you all that please don’t do this.
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