Bhopal: Bhopal's Archbishop on Monday said intolerance had risen since the BJP came to power at the Centre, citing the example of the backlash Aamir Khan faced after he voiced similar worries.
Leo Cornelio, who heads the Christian community in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh, mentioned in his pre-Christmas message a sense of insecurity over such incidents and said he was dismayed at the way the actor was criticised. "I think intolerance has grown in recent times, especially after the new government came at the Centre. Take the example of Aamir Khan, who had shared the concerns of his wife, but the way it was protested by those associated with politics was not fair."
Leaders of the BJP and ally Shiv Sena had hit out at Aamir after he said his wife Kiran Rao was disturbed enough to consider leaving India. Cornelio also mentioned a March attack on some Christians in Jabalpur by a mob that stormed a church alleging conversion. Asked if he had faced intolerance in the state , Cornelio termed the Jabalpur incident "avoidable". State home minister Babulal Gaur denied any intolerance.