Aamir gets a taste of Narmada politics
ACTOR AAMIR Khan says protests against him by political parties in Gujarat will not dissuade him from backing those opposed to the Sardar Sarovar dam project in that state.india Updated: Apr 17, 2006 13:57 IST
ACTOR AAMIR Khan says protests against him by political parties in Gujarat will not dissuade him from backing those opposed to the Sardar Sarovar dam project in that state.
"I'm amazed and shocked (by the protests)," Khan told a newschannel. "They (the people of Gujarat) should understand what I'm saying. I won't be dissuaded by these protests." Khan told another channel that political parties "are using force, they're trying to bully (me)".
He said he supported the project so that water was available for all four states but also wanted rehabilitation of people affected by the project.
The screening of Khan's Rang De Basanti was stopped across Gujarat and his effigies were burnt in many cities there on Saturday, a day after he expressed solidarity with members of the Narmada Bachao Andolan staging a sit-in protest in New Delhi.
"We've to see who're getting affected and the people who're affected are the poor, they're farmers, they feed us, their villages are getting submerged," he said. He said these people need to be rehabilitated properly by the government. "This is the responsibility of the four (state) governments and of the central government."
First Published: Apr 17, 2006 13:57 IST