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Actor Anupam Kher is leading a march against the voices being raised over ‘intolerance’ in India. The march would head to the Rashtrapati Bhavan today in New Delhi. The claim from the actor is that the debate in ‘intolerance’ is nothing but an attempt to malign India’s image on intolerance and is intended to target the central government led by Narendra Modi.
Mr Kher said this morning, "Nobody has the right to call our country intolerant. We are secular people and don't believe in selective outrage."
"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," Kher added.
The actor has urged people to join the march by tweeting, "Patriotism gives us a feeling of self worth. Join us on this historical day at National Museum, Janpath at 10am". String of writers, artistes and painters, including Narendra Kohli, Madhur Bhandarkarv Ronu Majumdar, Priyadarshan, Chandraprakash Diwedi are among others.
The march was dubbed by Mr Kher as a "campaign for truth". He earlier tweeted that, "This #AwardWapsiGang has not insulted the government, but the jury, the chairman of the jury and the audience who watched their films."
This comes in the wake of a host of filmmakers, such as the likes of Dibakar Banerjee and Anand Patwardhan, besides writers and historians to return various government awards and honors and to raise voice against the rising intolerance under the BJP-led government.