Intolerance row: Swamy backs Manohar Parikar, says ‘ignorant’ Aamir Khan needs a teacher

, 2:09 PM IST

New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has found support in BJP MP Subramanian Swamy for his criticism of Bollywood actor Aamir Khan over the intolerance row.

Swamy on Monday tweeted, “Why so much hu ha about Parrikar’s statement on Aamir? If Aamir is ignorant that to love janma bhoomi is unconditional then he needs a teacher.”

The remarks came after opposition parties hit out at Parrikar for raking up the issue.

“There was no context to bring back the topic. Parrikar is wrong to call Aamir anti-national as he did not criticise India but the goverment which has failed to rule the state properly,” NCP leader Majid Menon said.

During a book launch on Saturday, Parrikar took a jibe at Aamir Khan as he raked up his remark about leaving the country and described it as “arrogant”.

“One actor had said that his wife wants to live out of India. It was an arrogant statement. If I am poor and my house is small, I will still love my house and always dream to make a bungalow out of it,” he had said, without naming Khan.

In November 2015, the PK actor had joined the chorus against growing atmosphere of “intolerance”, saying he was “alarmed” by the number of incidents with his wife Kiran Rao even suggesting that they leave the country.