I’m laughing my head off.
It is difficult to believe the Gujuratis (the “inconsiderate bastards” mentioned earlier are also Gujju, btw) are so sensitive. And brainless. As far as I know, Aamir asked the Gujurat government to make sure the PAPs got their share of compensation, land, etc. He never asked for the dam construction to be stopped. As for his comments on the recent Vadodara riots, I won’t repeat the spiel about democracy, but Aamir has the right to speak his mind. Tough luck for the government, if the media listens to whatever he says.
The reaction is similar to burning copies of Arundhati Roy’s The Greater Common Good. For all the resources that the State commands (in addition to blind support by its constituency), the reaction was – childish. What it should have done what bring out a book repudiating all the accusations made in Roy’s book. It didn’t; because it couldn’t – Roy had facts and statistics, and worse, government documents to back her up. The next best thing was to whip up the populace…
Coming back to Aamir, the same Gujurat that is banning Fanaa showered accolades on him post-Lagaan. specially after he pitched in to help a village devastated by the Kutch earthquake. How fickle is that?