Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has backed Bollywood actor Aamir Khan for his views on rising intolerance in the nation and urged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government to take steps to instil a sense of security among citizens.
He took to micro-blogging site Twitter and wrote, "BJP shud stop silencing voices thro abuses n threats. Its high time centrl govt took concrete steps 2 instil sense of security amngst people."
BJP shud stop silencing voices thro abuses n threats. Its high time centrl govt took concrete steps 2 instil sense of security amngst people- Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 23, 2015
Speaking at the eighth edition of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, Khan had on 23 November expressed "alarm" and despondency over the rise in such cases "in the last six to eight months".
Every word that @aamir_khan said is so true. I admire him for speaking up- Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 23, 2015
He had said that a sense a sense of "insecurity" and "fear" had seeped deep within society.
"When I go home and talk to Kiran (Aamir's wife), for the first time she says,"Should we move out of India?," Khan said.
"She (Kiran Rao) fears for her child and what the atmosphere around us will be," he added.
The actor had also stated that he is worried about 'extreme thinking'. He had said,"Today it is ISIS, tomorrow it could be some other organisation. This extreme thinking is what I worry about because I feel this extreme thinking wherever it comes from is very destructive and negative.
So I have a problem with that kind of thinking. So, certainly I have a problem with ISIS and this extreme kind of thinking which may belong to a section of any religion. This is what I have a problem with," he said.
(With inputs from news agencies)