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Congress backs Aamir, says RSS ‘agents’ behind attack on actor

The Congress on Tuesday defended Bollywood actor Aamir Khan — who was trolled on Twitter for sharing a personal anecdote on the debate of “growing intolerance” in India — saying that instead of “suppressing the voice of conscience” the government should take tough measures to ensure that people feel a sense of security.

Voicing his opinion on the matter on Twitter, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said: “Instead of branding all those who question the Govt. & Modiji as unpatriotic, anti-national or motivated the government should “reach out to people and understand what’s disturbing them (sic).”

Echoing similar sentiment, senior Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed said that Mr. Khan's is the voice of 'conscience' and the government was proving its intolerance by attacking the actor.

"I think he has raised a crucial issue and the government should be thankful to him for that," he said. "But it's sad that instead of taking his opinion seriously, the government is actually extending its intolerance by attacking him."

Mr. Shakeel said the people trolling, condemning and abusing Mr. Khan are the "agents" of the RSS, who are masquerading in the creative, liberal space of India.

"Take Anupam Kher, he is the husband of a BJP MP. That's why he is taking sides against the film stars who are voicing their opinions about the growing intolerance."


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