MY TAKE on the ongoing ” Aamir Khan controversy” :
Why is everyone raving and ranting about that one sentence which stumbled out of his mouth? Why are we all so defensive about this issue? Is it because we , as individuals, have all , at some point, said these same words? A person is defensive and arguementative when he/she is painfully aware of his/her shortcomings. If one is self-assured, one doesn’t feel the need to take offense at every given opportunity.
Is it because Aamir Khan is a Muslim? Would we have reacted the same way had any other Non- Muslim superstar said this? I don’t think so. We would have shrugged and said, “what will become of this country!”. And by the way, his wife, who has supposedly said this, is a Hindu.
Yes, maybe he could have been more politically correct . But, are we going to negate his achievements, body of work and goodwill earned, just because of that one sentence? Am sure that like me, everyone must have noticed that whenever Aamir Khan talks, it is in a very good humoured and un-assuming manner. It is as if he is speaking one-to-one with you. So, he said something which we all say sometime or the other. And what are we doing? Circulating Hate messages on whatsapp, ” liking” posts ridiculing him and his wife on facebook, devouring all gossip on the internet.
Haven’t we all proved the thought behind his words right? That we are an intolerant lot, who just love to ridicule and bring someone down. That we are an unforgiving lot who just pounce at a person’s mistake and then tear him apart. Don’t we have enough issues in our own lives that we need to sort out, that we feel important enough to diss apart another’s reputation and dignity?
Where is the good humour, grace and maturity to take it as a slip-of-tongue that unfortunately happened on a public forum. Have we bothered to find out in what context he could have said it?
LIVE AND LET LIVE.
©Nov 2015 Sapna Dhyani Devrani