Vishwa Hindu Parishad has lashed out at actor Aamir Khan after he was caught on Camera with Turkey’s First Lady Emine Erdogan. Khan is currently in Turkey to prepare for his upcoming project, ‘Lal Singh Chadda,’ and was seen spending some time with country’s First Lady at at the presidential residence in Istanbul. Emine Erdogan herself took to Twitter to share her pictures with Aamir Khan.
I had the great pleasure of meeting @aamir_khan, the world-renowned Indian actor, filmmaker, and director, in Istanbul. I was happy to learn that Aamir decided to wrap up the shooting of his latest movie ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ in different parts of Turkey. I look forward to it! pic.twitter.com/3rSCMmAOMW
— Emine Erdoğan (@EmineErdogan) August 15, 2020
Following this, criticism started pouring in for Khan from various quarters in India. People on social networking sites slammed Aamir Khan for meeting with the First Lady of a country which has opposed India at International platforms on various occasions. And now the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has also come out to condemn him.
Vinod Bansal, the national spokesperson of the VHP in a statement said, “The same actor whom Indians placed on such high pedestal, is now feeling proud by standing beside the First Lady of India’s enemy turkey.”
Speaking to SatyaVijayi, Vinod Bansal asked, “These actors have been made into so big stars by people of India only, shouldn’t they care about the feelings of their fellow countrymen.”
Further taking a dig at Khan for his infamous “intolerance” claim, the VHP spokesperson said, “His wife Kiran ji is from Bengaluru, when Dalits are being attacked there with slogans of Allah-hu-akbar, don’t they feel scared? After all Bengaluru is her paternal hometown, right? When the rumours of an imagined intolerance was being spread, they (Aamir and Kiran) were getting scared.”
“When this gentleman (Aamir Khan) had gone for Hajj, he had met with a fundamentalist cleric of the Tablighi Jamaat (Tariq Jamil) and clicked photographs with him. But when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to meet filmstars of Bollywood, he remained absent. On some issues they are very vocal and on others like Ram temple, remain silent due to fear of incurring commercial losses. It is this anti-India, anti-Hindu mentality which we are opposing and not any individual or religion,” he added.
When asked on Khan’s criticism of Modi government on many occasions in the past, Vinod Bansal answered, “we do not object to him criticizing government, that is the right of every citizen. But everyone knows what is the attitude of Turkey, how they raised voice against India’s internal developments such as abrogation of Article 370 or construction of Ram temple, how they have constantly opposed India on International front. And if he (Khan) stands beside such a country’s First Lady and gets captured on camera with her then that naturally hurts the sentiments of Indians back in India, that is all we are against and not against any religion or Aamir personally.”
According to local Turkish media, it was Aamir Khan to have asked for an appointment to meet the First Lady.
The two of them reportedly discussed projects initiated by Aamir and his wife Kiran Rao, such as the Paani Foundation, and the actor also delighted Turkey’s First Lady with anecdotes from the time his wife stayed in Turkey.