#BootOutSnapdeal: How Indians proved that Aamir Khan was not WRONG

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Aamir Khan might have gone too far while expressing his view on the current hot topic of the hour -- alleged "growing intolerance" in India.

The Bollywood actor's statement enraged everyone, including many Muslims across the country. But was he really wrong while speaking about "intolerance" in the country? Are we Indians really tolerant?

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Aamir Khan

What did the actor actually say?

Speaking at the Indian Express awards function on Sunday, Nov 22, Aamir said, "Kiran and I have lived all our lives in India. For the first time, she said, should we move out of India? That's a disastrous and big statement for Kiran to make to me. She fears for her child. She fears about what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers every day. That does indicate that there is a sense of growing disquiet."

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A bold statement indeed:

The thought of "Moving out of India" at this "imperfect" time has brought massive criticism for the actor, who is known as Mr Perfectionist.

But is he not an Indian? According to the Constitution of India, every Indian has the right to express his/her views. Being an Indian, Aamir too has the right to speak his mind out, he too has the right to express his opinion.

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How did we react to Aamir's statement?

At least 85,000 people, who had installed the Snapdeal app, had uninstalled it.

Many others who had given the app five stars, began downgrading it, with many giving it just one star, the lowest rating.

Why? Because Aamir is the brand ambassador of online retailer.

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Social media, be it Twitter or Facebook, have been flooded with anti-Aamir statements. While some suggested him to "go to Pakistan", some claimed, "I will buy you the ticket if you want to take the first flight out of India."

Others questioned, "...how dare you criticise the country that has given you so much?"

"...why do stupid Hindus let Muslim actors bark like this?"

BJP supporters burnt his posters. A legal case was filed against the Bollywood superstar.

TV, print, internet media were busy covering anti-Aamir stories since Monday.

However, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and many other politicians supported Aamir but their support came as his statement was against Narendra Modi government.

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Can Aamir expect any help from these politicians when fans attack and throw stones, show protest outside his house for his movie or for his remark on any social issue?

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His thoughts can't be dictated by the mob

The actor's thoughts can't be dictated by the mob that feels slighted by every word of dissent and sees in every divergent expression a conspiracy to tarnish the image of the country.

Experience of every individual is different from others. His/her personal experiences and different environment determines what he/she does feel and fear.

Aamir too might have spoken from what he has experienced or seen. Now, it's upto us how much we want to criticise him. But we too should show some "tolerance" to the actor.

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