There were clear cut and note worthy statements from  Aamir Khan who stated that his verbal attackers will not be able to change his opinion and neither will he consider the option of leaving India.

He further said that he and his wife Kiran Rao would not leave. He also categorically stood by what he said in the interview that triggered a storm.

Aamir Khan stated and emphasized that “First, let me categorically state that neither I nor my wife Kiran have any intention of leaving the country. Neither did we ever, nor would we like to in the future,” he said in a statement. “Anyone implying the opposite has either not seen my interview or is deliberately trying to distort what I have said. India is my country, I love it and feel fortunate for being born here, and this is where I am staying.”

Second, I stand by everything that I have said in my interview,” he went on to say. “To all those people who are calling me anti-national, I would like to say that I am proud to be Indian, and do not need anyone’s permission or endorsement for that. To all the people shouting obscenities at me for speaking my heart out, it saddens me to say you are only proving my point.”

Aamir was grateful to friends and family who agreed with him and supported him. “We have to protect what this beautiful and unique country of ours really stands for. We have to protect its integrity, diversity, inclusiveness, its many languages, its culture, its history, its tolerance, its concept of ‘ekantavada’, its love, sensitivity and its emotional strength.