New Delhi, June 23: Eight years after his stern criticism against the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Aamir Khan finally made a courtesy call at 7RCR in New Delhi where he met the Prime Minister of India. The Bollywood actor, who had slammed the Gujarat chief and refused to apologise to Modi, met the latter on Monday, June 23.
Aamir, who met Modi at the South Block of Prime Minister's Office (PMO), was seen with a DVD of his reality show Satyamev Jayate. The actor was quoted as saying, Modi Saheb has talked of benefiting people, especially the poor and bringing happiness to their lives."
"We should be cooperative with him so that he achieves his goal. People and I have great expectation from Modi Saheb," said Aamir after his meeting with the PM.
Aamir Khan won't mind having the 'Ghajini effect' (memory loss) on this topic. Earlier in 2006, the actor had criticised Modi and his government in Gujarat over controversial Narmada dam. Aamir was quoted as saying, "I think it is (Vadodara incident) very sad and what happened in Gujarat a few years ago was also equally unfortunate. It's a shame that the administration is not able to control the situation there and it is resulting in deaths of innocent people."During one of his interviews with BBC, Aamir Khan had said, "It doesn't matter which religion these victims belong to. The bottom line is they are all human beings. It seems to me that the law and order machinery or the administration is simply not capable of controlling the situation."
What is Narmada Dam controversy?
Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) is a social movement consisting of adivasis, farmers, environmentalists, and human rights activists against a number of large dams being built across the Narmada river.
The river flows through the states of Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh. Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat is one of the biggest dams on the river and was one of the first focal points of the movement. Medha Patkar, Baba Amte were among the activities who had led the movement protesting against the state government's decision of constructing the dam.