Speaking at a book launch event on Saturday, Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, took an indirect dig at actor Aamir Khan for his statement on 'Intolerance' in January.
Khan had expressed his insecurity about living in the country. Parrikar said any person making such a remark against the nation must be taught a lesson in the same manner as an "actor" and an online trading company were taught.
No marks for guessing who is the actor (Aamir) and the company (Snapdeal that didn't renew Aamir's contract as brand ambassador) the minister was referring to even though he took no names.
Snapdeal lost massive customers after the episode, says a report in Indian Express.
Calling the actor's statement arrogant, Parrikar said, as reported by the Indian Express,
“Actorne jeva hey kela, thehva jya company la toh advertise karat hota… online trading company hoti. Aple log thoda jaste hoshar ahet. Mala mahite ahey there was a team which was working on this… They were telling people you order and return it… The company should learn a lesson, they had to pull out his advertisement… (When the actor did this… then the company which he was endorsing was… an online trading company. Some of our people are very smart, I know. There was a team which was working on this. They were telling people you order and return it… The company should learn a lesson, they had to pull his advertisement).”
Here's the part where he takes a jibe at the actor. The speech is in Marathi.
In 2015, Khan had invited controversy for expressing his fears about living in India. He had also expressed his wife Kiran's suggestion of moving out, inviting massive criticism and backlash.
Speaking about 'Intolerance', at an award ceremony November 23, 2015, he had said,
"There is a sense of fear more than there was earlier. I do feel there is a sense of insecurity. When I sit at home and talk to (wife) Kiran. Kiran and I have lived all our lives in India. For the first time, she said, should we move out of India? That’s a disastrous and big statement for Kiran to make to me. She fears for her child. She fears about what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers every day. That does indicate that there is a sense of growing disquiet. Growing sense of despondency. You feel depressed, you feel low… why is it happening? This feeling exists in me too.”
Here's the speech that sparked the controversy,