On the occasion of his 50th birthday, King Khan reportedly expressed his opinion on rising intolerance in the country. Bollywood superstar spoke at length on the award returning controversy. When asked what he thinks about the same, he said that at the moment there is 'extreme intolerance' in the country.
"People put words in the air even before thinking. Intolerance religiously...not being secular in this country is the worst crime you can do as a patriot", Bollywood star said while responding to a question during a Twitter townhall with India Today‘s Rajdeep Sardesai.
When asked whether he is thinking to return the awards on the line of other writers and filmmakers, Khan said, "I have not been in a situation like that. But I respect the people. If they think this gesture is going to turn things around, it is very brave, very honest".
Earlier, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday accused the Congress and Left intellectuals of practising 'ideological intolerance' towards the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and trying to project India as an intolerant society through structured and organised propaganda.
Jaitley also appealed to "every well-wisher of India and the present Government" not to make statements that could vitiate the atmosphere and obstruct growth.
"While the Government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is trying to accelerate India's growth, there are many who have never intellectually accepted the idea of the BJP being in power.
This obviously includes the Congress, many Left thinkers and activists. Over decades they have practiced ideological intolerance towards BJP," the Minister said in a Facebook post.
(With inputs from agency)