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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, November 26, 2015
Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, who has
been criticised for his remarks on growing "intol-
erance" in India, has said that he stands by his
The actor, however, said that neither he nor his
filmmaker wife Kiran Rao had any intention of
Khan had said he was "alarmed" over rising intol-
erance and his wife had even suggested leaving the
The ruling BJP said he should not
forget that India made him a star, and
it was wrong to malign the country.
Following criticism from BJP politi-
cians and several of his Bollywood col-
leagues, Khan yesterday put out a state-
ment on his Facebook page.
"Let me state categorically that neither I,
nor my wife Kiran, have any intention of leaving
the country. We never did, and nor would we like
to in the future.
"Anyone implying the opposite has either not
seen my interview or is deliberately trying to distort
what I have said. India is my country, I love it,
I feel fortunate for being born here, and this is
where I am staying," the actor wrote.
Khan said he stood by his earlier statement,
and added that all those people who had called
him "anti-national" and shouted "obscenities
at me for speaking my heart out, it saddens me
to say you are only proving my point".
Actor, director and producer Khan told a jour-
nalism awards ceremony organised by The Indian
Express newspaper on Monday that a sense of
"insecurity" and "fear" had been growing in India.
BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain had crit-
icised Khan s remarks and said there was a "political
conspiracy to defame India" and there was "no
better neighbour than a Hindu for a Mus-
Another BJP spokesperson, Sambit
Patra, said that "Aamir Khan is the face of
Incredible India (a TV campaign by Khan to pro-
mote tourism), how can he make such a remark?
I request Aamir Khan not to leave India and he
won t find another nation like it."
Actor and BJP MP Manoj Tiwari said "it is unfor-
tunate that Aamir Khan says intolerance is on the
rise in India".
In recent weeks, many actors, writers and sci-
entists have expressed concern over growing intol-
erance in India.
Earlier this month, fellow superstar Shah Rukh
Khan also spoke out against what he called "extreme
intolerance" in India. A movement that began with
writers returning state awards spread to scientists,
historians and filmmakers.
They cited the killing of rationalists MM Kalburgi
and Govind Pansare, as well as the lynching of a
man over suspicions he consumed beef, as examples
of rising intolerance in the country.
Singapore s conservative government has lifted
a ban on 240 publications, ranging from communist
material to adult content.
Newly allowed books include the erotic English
novel Fanny Hill, first published in 1748, and The
Long March, a Chinese communist text.
But several adult magazines remain banned, as
do publications by the Jehovah s Witnesses Church.
The government said the development reflected
changes in society.
Some of the publications that were unbanned
were out of print while others were considered
acceptable under today s content standards, it
Publications in Singapore are banned under
the Undesirable Publications Act, which restricts
the distribution and possession of publications
considered contrary to public interest.
Works by the Jehovah s Witnesses Church
were banned in 1972 on the grounds the church
objects to compulsory military service and the
singing of national anthems. (BBC)
The Gambia s President Yahya Jammeh has banned
female genital mutilation (FGM) saying it is not required
The announcement at a rally was met with a huge
applause, AFP reports.
Three-quarters of women in the mostly Muslim coun-
try have had the procedure, according to Unicef.
In the procedure s most severe form, after removing
the sensitive clitoris, the genitals are cut and stitched
closed so that the woman cannot have or enjoy sex.
FGM, also known as female circumcision, can be
extremely painful, lead to tetanus, gangrene, HIV, hepatitis
B and hepatitis C and effective sterilisation. (BBC)
Smokers in South Korea are protesting against a
hard-hitting new government advert which equates
buying cigarettes with buying disease, it s reported.
The health ministry s 44-second video shows people
approaching a cigarette kiosk, but instead of requesting
a particular brand they ask the assistant to give them
a serious health problem, The Korea Times reports.
"Give me a lung cancer," one person says, before
the shop assistant hands them a pack of cigarettes.
The advert has been running since November 16 as
part of the "Smoking is a Disease" campaign. But it
has riled the country s largest smokers group, an
online community called I Love Smoking, which has
previously challenged government policies in court.
"The ministry s video has clearly crossed the line,"
the group says in a statement, noting that the gov-
ernment earns a huge amount of tax revenue from
tobacco products. "If smoking is a disease, drinking
is a disease because it causes liver problems and eating
fast food is also a disease as it brings about obesity,"
it says. "It is a jump of logic and discriminates against
The group wants the advert to be pulled, and is
planning a protest in front of the Ministry of Health.
It s also calling on the Korea Communications Standards
Commission to intervene.
It s the latest in a string of measures to try to dissuade
people from lighting up, in a country where about 44
per cent of men are smokers. In January, the price of
cigarettes was almost doubled, and a smoking ban
was extended to cover all eateries.
Singapore lifts ban
on 240 publications
Gambia bans female
Khan, middle, said that his filmmaker wife Kiran
Rao, left, had even suggested that they should
leave the country.
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