Aamir Khan row: “I am not against freedom of expression, but country is Supreme”, says Manohar Parikar


Jabalpur (MP): In the context of intolerance debate, Defence Minister Manohar Parikar made a controversial statement against Bollywood actor Aamir Khan on Sunday. He alleged that he did not target any specific person, but is against overall "unrest".

Manohar Parrikar asserted that “he was not opposed to freedom of expression, but feels that country is supreme". 

On Saturday, one of the BJP leader taunted Khan as he earlier indicated a "sense of alarm over growing intolerance in country".

"One actor had said that his wife wants to live out of India. It was an arrogant statement. If I am poor and my house is small, but I have to love my house and always dream to make a bungalow out of it," Parrikar had said.

While addressing reporters he said, "I have not taken anybody's name. I had said that people who don't respect the country should be opposed. I am opposed to 'upadrav' (unrest). Such people should be opposed in a democratic manner. To oppose, seminars should be held."

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Parrikar had said, "When the actor made the statement last year, people, while protesting his views, started uninstalling the online trading app, he was advertising for and the firm too pulled out the advertisement (involving the actor)."

In context of Jawahar Lal Nehru, Parrikar added that, "Such people who speak against the country need to be taught a lesson by the people of this country."

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Parikar further added that, "I don't say that nationalists are only in BJP. Non-political people and persons of different political parties could also be nationalists. Citizen of any other nation cannot comment against his country. So, people (speaking against the country) in India too should be opposed."

"Citizen of any other nation cannot comment against his country. So, people (speaking against the country) in India too should be opposed."