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Aamir criticised over 'intolerance' comment in 'Incredible' India
Criticising Bollywood actor-producer Aamir Khan for his views on 'rising intolerance' in the country, film fraternity members Anupam Kher, Ram Gopal Varma and Ashoke Pandit have said as a widely followed superstar, he must spread hope and not fear.
 
The celebrities took to Twitter to share their opinion on Aamir's statement that his wife and filmmaker Kiran Rao feared for their son's safety and that she once asked if they should leave India.
 
Anupam, who earlier this month, led a march to protest against a section of artistes who had been returning their awards over 'intolerance' in the country, questioned Aamir if he had asked Kiran "which country would she like to move out to".
 
"Did you tell her that this country has made you Aamir Khan," the veteran actor, who has worked with Aamir in films like "Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahin", "Dil" and "Rang De Basanti", tweeted.
 
He added: "Dear @aamir_khan. Did you tell Kiran that you have lived through more worse times in this country and but you never thought of moving out... When did 'Incredible India' become 'Intolerant India' for you? Only in the last seven to eight months? #AtithiDevoBhavah."
 
Aamir, in 2008, was appointed to endorse the Ministry of Tourism's Incredible India campaign.
 
Thus, Anupam also questioned Aamir that "presumed (the) country has become intolerant, what do you suggest to millions of Indians? Leave India? Or wait till regime changes?"
 
He also asked the "Satyamev Jayate" host that while on the show, "you talked about evil practices, but gave hope. So even in 'Intolerant' times you need to spread hope not fear".
 
Even Ram Gopal Varma came forward to question that when "Aamir, Shah Rukh and Salman -- the three biggest stars of the Hindu country India are Muslims, I don't understand where intolerance is?"
 
"In a predominantly Hindu country, if three Muslims can become the biggest iconic superstars, that itself proves the majority aren't intolerant. Some celebs complaining about intolerance should be the last ones to complain because they became celebs in a so-called intolerant country," he added.
 
While stressing that "isolated incidents can't be taken as sign of intolerance", Varma also mentioned that "it's the celebs' need for creating drawing room debates to increase their popularity which flares up non existent negativity between communities."
 
Veteran actor Paresh Rawal, who starred in "OMG: Oh My God!" which questioned the existence of blind faith in godmen -- much like Aamir's blockbuster "PK" -- commented: "'PK' did rattle the belief of Hindus, but Aamir didn't face the wrath of Hindu or THE MAJORITY... but was superhit and made crores."
 
Censor board chief Ashoke Pandit made a sarcastic remark, saying: "Now that @aamir_khan also feels we are an #IntolerantNation. Let us now go all out and prove once for all that we are really intolerant.
 
"Kiran Rao led MAMI (film festival) where India and Indian cinema were celebrated. @aamir_khan is himself a superstar loved and celebrated pan-India. Where is the intolerance?"
 
There was few names who supported Aamir -- music composer Vishal Dadlani of the Vishal-Shekhar duo, and filmmaker Sanjay Gupta.
 
He said: "More power to your voice, @aamir_khan Sir! This is OUR country, it belongs to ALL Indians. Not to rabid lunatics from any party/religion. Thanks to Aamir Sir, for speaking against intolerance! Proud to see the giants of film, use their voices for India."
 
Gupta brought the focus to Aamir's full statement, which the latter made at an awards event in the capital on Monday.
 
"'That was a disastrous statement for Kiran to make.' Aamir Khan's next line after saying that Kiran wants to leave. Hear the full interview. Those accusing Aamir Khan of being intolerant, please have the tolerance to watch the whole interview. Nowhere does he say he wants to leave India."
 
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J Pinto

1 year ago

The Prime Minister has the audacity to repeatedly state even in Wembley - "(Indian) Mulsims should emulate Sufi Islam"

Who is he to advise people on their personal beliefs.

The agenda of the BJP mirrors the "cultural" agenda of the RSS.

Hindutva supremacy.

Hindutva is not defined as pride in true Hindu traditions of Sarva Dharma Sambhava.

Hindutva is defined as suspicion, mistrust, contempt for and eventually hatred towards minorities.

BJP speaks with a forked tongue and cannot be trusted if they deny this objective of Hindutva.

J Pinto

1 year ago

As Amir said after seeing all the hate messages and mail.

"You guys have prooved the point I was trying to make"

J Pinto

1 year ago

The BJP Bhakts ask “Where is the intolerance ?”

Let us acknowledge the RSS and its allies were truly a fringe element in the fight to constitute a free India, the India over which they today claim exclusive rights.

There has been an unprecedented attack by members of the elected Government on the secular and humanitarian credentials and deep tolerance that has defined India, a nation born through great human sacrifice and constituted into a multi-cultural Republic on 26-Jan-1950.

Had these guilty Hindutva supremacists MPs and Ministers received the penalties prescribed under the Indian Penal Code or at least been summarily dismissed from the party for hurting the religious sentiments of 250 million or more Indians, then we would not have to worry about the intolerance expressed by these so called “fringe” voices.

BJP MP Niranjan Joshi calls 250 million or more non-Hindus (another 200 million Dalits and Tribals certainly do not subscribe to Hindutva supremacist beliefs) “Haram-zade” and receives a gentle tap on the knuckles. A similar statement by a common man would have resulted in incarceration under the Indian Penal Code. In her case since her speech was “legally protected inside Parliament” it should have at least warranted instant dismissal from the party.

“Cultured” Minister Mahesh Sharma said President Abdul Kalam was a patriot “despite being a Muslim” thus instantly demonising 170 million fellow Muslim citizens. For this he is rewarded with the allotment of Late President Kalam’s desirable bungalow in Lutyen’s Delhi.

Two Dalit children are burnt alive and Union Minister VK Singh likens the event to holding the Central Government responsible if stones are thrown at a dog. Minister Singh is allegedly “reprimanded” by the Home Minister when he should have been dismissed for his grossly insensitive and highly inflammatory remarks.
BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj considers Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Godse a patriot and his party is OK with it.

And yet the BJP Bhakts ask “Where is the intolerance” ?

We those who are against Hindutva supremacy ask “Where is the sense of humanity and common decency. Where is the sense of fraternity with all minorities enshrined in the Indian Constitution. Where is the reverence for the Father of the Nation ?”

subramanian dharmarajan

1 year ago

Every country has issues and most of the middle class and poor want to move out to earn money fro their families.This guy got all th e money for his so called talent here,can afford all teh security that is possible from state or personally,and still says he is insecure..Compared to the lady who lost her soldier husband and will face hardships to bring up her children still insists she will fight it out and have her children join forces..its time we stop claling these guys "heroes".they are merely "actors"

Nilesh KAMERKAR

1 year ago

For the intolerance nautanki gang which may never understand our love for our motherland. . .

https://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yKu1lOvMeA

Arun

1 year ago

All those who do not agree with Aamir's view point, must take a pledge that they will not see the film in which Aamir is there. Same is true when people oppose Indo-Pak cricket, can the people take a pledge that they will stop seeing the cricket matches arranged by BCCI? This will be the best reply to such people, self control and effective implementation. Let's see how many come in support or oppose?

Arun

1 year ago

Making a generalized staetment by either Amir or Rahman, writers and film directors, congress & other party is not a way to express the individuals feeling. Like Rahman, if example be given, remedial measures will also be find out by the public. How many Indians would support to Saniya Mirza playing with short dress and hugging her male partner on court? but once they under stand that it is a requirement of game and emotions, even the fatwa against her by her religious leaders had no meaning. She is still being given the same respect as earlier even after marrying a Pakistani. Who can say Indians are not tolerant people? Further, i do not understand why people are making a big issue on Amir's comment? Do India need people selfish people like Amir in India. If he and his family wish to go out, they should be welcome with open heart, Govt must cancel his and his family passport and ask him to get settled where they are safe and acceptable.

Anand Vaidya

1 year ago

Where was Aamir Khan when Sikhs were butchered in 1984? Or when hundreds of Muslims were shot dead in Bihar? Or when Kashmiri Pundits were subjected to genocide?

Aamir also falls now in the opportunistic vulture camp - ready to exploit situation to benefit himself and no one else. These are some "great" role models. Not.

India, Singapore sign strategic partnership, 9 deals
India and Singapore signed a joint declaration on strategic partnership and nine bilateral accords on Tuesday, the second day of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to this city state.
 
Modi and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong signed the joint declaration on strategic partnership to elevate bilateral relations to a “strategic partnership to deepen and broaden engagement in existing areas of cooperation and catalyse new ones ranging from political, defence and security cooperation to economic, cultural and people to people contact”, an official statement said.
 
“The strategic partnership is also a framework to contribute to greater regional stability and growth,” it added.
 
Besides this, two agreements on defence cooperation and loan of artifacts from India to Singapore, two executive programme/operationalisation documents on arts and culture, and white-shipping, and five memorandums of agreement (MoUs) on cyber security, civil aviation, knowledge exchange in the field of planning, urban planning, and combating drug trafficking were also signed.
 
The agreement on defence cooperation enhances cooperation in the field by providing for defence ministers’ dialogue, joint exercises between armed forces, and cooperation between defence industries to identify areas of co-production and co-development, the statement said.
 
The second agreement “extends the loan of Indian artifacts to the Asian Civilisations Museum of Singapore”.
 
The operationalisation document on arts and culture is on an “executive programme on cooperation in the fields of the arts, heritage, archives and library” between the Indian and Singaporean governments for the years 2015-2018.
 
The second operationalisation document has been signed following the technical agreement on sharing white-shipping or commercial shipping information about movement of cargo ships between the Indian and Singapore navies signed on July 21, 2015.
 
“Following the signing of technical agreement between the two navies on sharing white-shipping information in July 2015, both navies have established a two-way linkage. This has enhanced bilateral cooperation in the area of maritime security,” the statement said.
 
The MoU on cyber security was signed between the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) and the Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team (SingCERT), 
 
“The MoU promotes closer cooperation and exchange of information pertaining to cyber security between the computer emergency response teams of the two countries by establishment of a broader framework for future dialogue; exchange of information on cyber-attacks; research collaboration in smart technologies; exchange of information on prevalent cyber security policies and best practices as well as professional exchanges,” the statement said.
 
The MoU on civil aviation “facilitates mutual cooperation in a number of mutually agreed areas of civil aviation services and airport management beginning with Jaipur and Ahmedabad airports”.
 
The third MoU promotes knowledge and information exchange in areas such as urban planning, waste water management, solid waste management and public-private partnerships between India's NITI Aayog and the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE). 
 
The MoU on combating drug “facilitates and enhances cooperation by exchange of information on trends in the illicit manufacture and those arrested on drug trafficking charges and establishes direct contact points” between the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) of India and the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) of Singapore.
 
“Capacity building, skill upgrading and knowledge development are also identified as areas of cooperation,” the statement said.
 
The fifth MoU was signed between the Town and Country Planning Organisation of India and the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise in Capacity Building in the field of urban planning and governance.
 
It provides for participation of government officials from India in capacity-building programmes in areas such as urban planning and management.
 
The documents were signed following bilateral talks between Modi and Lee here.
 
After the signing of the documents, external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted that the two prime ministers noted the importance of culture between the two countries and encouraged more exhibitions, exchanges and interactions.
 
Modi and Lee noted their shared interest in furthering cooperation in the areas of science and technology, particularly in space, biomedicine and ayurveda, the spokesperson added.
 
The two prime ministers also released two postal stamps showing Rashtrapati Bhavan and Istana, the Singaporean presidential palace, to mark 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. 
 
Earlier on Tuesday, Modi was accorded a ceremonial welcome at Istana following which he met Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong.
 
Modi arrived in Singapore from Malaysia on Monday on a bilateral visit in the second and last leg of his four-day visit to southeast Asia. 
 
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Axis Children's Gift Fund – Trying to capitalise on an old fad
Most child plan mutual fund schemes, with over a 10 year track record, have barely attracted investors. Some have either been merged or relaunched 
 
Axis Mutual Fund recently launched its 19th mutual fund scheme—Axis Children's Gift Fund. This is the first open-ended balanced scheme launched by the fund house.  This child plan scheme is targeted at individuals who wish to invest for their child’s financial goals like higher education etc. The fund house expects to raise Rs600-700 crore through this scheme. This seems to be very ambitious, as most child plan mutual fund schemes of the past have failed to garner much assets.
 
Such schemes were a fad of the past. In 2001-02, four fund houses namely HDFC MF, ICICI Prudential MF, LIC Nomura MF and SBI Magnum MF, launched similar schemes oriented to child oriented goals. Apart from these four fund houses, Tata MF and UTI MF too manage similar schemes which were launched in the 1990’s. Fund houses like Peerless MF and Franklin Templeton MF have relaunched and merged their respective child plan schemes. Apart from UTI Children Career Balanced Plan which has a corpus of Rs2,795 crore, the combined corpus of remaining child plan schemes is just around Rs995 crore, despite being launched over a decade back. Clearly, it can be seen that the existing child schemes have failed to generate much interest from investors. One of the main reasons could be the cumbersome documentation process required when investing in your child’s name and then again at the time of redemption when the child attains maturity. (Read - The pains of MF redemption when your child becomes major)
 
The chid plan scheme of Axis MF will invest 40-60% of its portfolio in equity stocks, 25-55% in debt and 5-15% in arbitrage opportunities. The scheme will be benchmarked to a composite index having an equity weightage to the Nifty 50 index and CRISIL Composite Bond Fund index.
 
The scheme will offer two sub-plans— Compulsory Lock-in and No Lock In. Under the Compulsory Lock-in, the investment will be locked-in till the unitholder (being the beneficiary child) is 18 years. Investment may be redeemed after the unitholder is 18 years or three years whichever is later. In the No Lock In, the investment can be redeemed at anytime, but exit load may be applicable. If the units are redeemed within a year, an exit load of 3% will be applicable. Within one to two years, an exit load of 2% will be applicable and within two to three years, an exit load of 1% will be payable. After three years, there will be no exit load charged. 
 
The scheme will be managed by Pankaj Murarka and Kedar Karnik.
 
Additional Scheme Details
 
Minimum Initial Purchase: Rs5,000 and in multiples of Re1 
Additional Purchase: Rs100 and in multiples of Re1 thereafter
Minimum Redemption: Rs1,000 and in multiples of Re1 thereafter
 
Exit Load
3% - if Units are redeemed or switched-out upto one year from the date of allotment,
2% - if Units are redeemed or switched-out after one year and upto two years from the date of allotment
1% - if Units are redeemed or switched-out after two years and upto three years from the date of allotment
Nil - if Units are redeemed or switched-out after three years
 
Expense Ratio
Maximum total expense ratio (TER) permissible under Regulation 52 (6) (c) (i)-Upto 2.50%
Additional expenses under regulation 52 (6A) (c) - Upto 0.20%
Additional expenses for gross new inflows from specified cities - Upto 0.30% 

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