New Delhi: Bollywood actor Anupam Kher on Saturday took out a march to Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi to protest against the voices being raised over ‘intolerance’ in the country.
The actor claims that the intolerance debate is an attempt to malign the image of the country and is intended to target the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre.
“Nobody has the right to call our country intolerant. We are secular people and don’t believe in selective outrage,” Mr Kher said this morning.
“I have right to go to the President and say that we don’t feel India is intolerant. These talks can’t happen only on twitter/ Facebook, they need a personal presence,” the actor has said.
Urging people to join his march, Mr Kher tweeted this morning, “Patriotism gives us a feeling of self worth. Join us on this historical day at National Museum, Janpath at 10am”.
He will be joined by a string of artistes, writers and painters, including Madhur Bhandarkar, Narendra Kohli, Ronu Majumdar, Chandraprakash Diwedi, Priyadarshan among others.
Dubbing the march as a “campaign for truth”, Mr Kher earlier shared on Twitter: “This #AwardWapsiGang has not insulted the government, but the jury, the chairman of the jury and the audience who watched their films.”
This follows the decision of a host of filmmakers, including the likes of Dibakar Banerjee and Anand Patwardhan, as well as writers and historians to raise voice against the rising intolerance under the BJP-led government, and to return various government awards and honours.