Olympic Games do not belong to China – Aamir Khan

Looks like controversies never seem to end for Aamir Khan. By now its common news that the actor-director par excellence was among the privileged few chosen to be a part of the Olympic Torch Relay and carry the Olympic torch in the capital on April 17th. However, no sooner had he expressed his happiness at being part of the prestigious event, he had to face the wrath of the Tibetan community.

For those who came in late, members of the Tibetan community asked Aamir not to participate in the relay as a protest for the injustice meted to the Tibetan community in their fight for freedom against China. Aamir found himself in the middle of yet another controversy with even some of his friends and family members requesting him to back off from participating in the event.

However, Aamir has always believed in doing what he feels is right and this time too he has done the same thing. The versatile actor has gone ahead and posted a blog on his site www.aamirkhan.com in which he has given his reasons for supporting the Olympic torch relay. “The Olympic Games represent for me the coming together of different people across the world despite their differences and difficulties. It is an opportunity for sportsmen and women across the world to showcase their talent, to challenge themselves and others, and for others to watch and marvel at the achievements of the human body, mind and soul. However, I feel that the Olympic Games do not belong to China”, says the actor.

Aamir further even made it clear that he does care for the people of Tibet, “I categorically state that I am absolutely against any form of violence, and certainly I am deeply upset whenever the basic rights of human beings are violated anywhere in the world. I would like to state that I have the highest regard and respect for the struggle that the people of Tibet are going through. I completely empathize with them. My heart goes out to them.”

Aamir also clarified that his participating in the Olympic torch relay did not mean that he supports China, “I request those of you who have asked me to stay away from the Olympic Torch Relay to understand that when I do run with the torch on the 17th of April, it is not in support of China. In fact it will be with a prayer in my heart for the people of Tibet, and indeed for all people across the world who are victims of human rights violations.” signs off Aamir in his blog.

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