Olympic Torch Relay.   

Dear all,

Over the last few days I have received several requests not to participate in the Olympic Torch Relay. Requests through members of my family, personal friends, people who are associated with the Tibetan struggle, and my blog. I have gone through and read each and every letter, message and post pertaining to this issue.

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. Similarly, I have the highest respect and regard for the struggle that the people of Iraq, Kashmiri Pundits who have been displaced, Kashmiris in general, and the people of Palestine, are going through. I have named above just a few instances of human rights violations. Across the world, and indeed within our own country too, there are several instances and examples of atrocities and human rights violation, which are still continuing. 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.

However, I feel that the Olympic Games do not belong to China.

In fact if we were to try and find on this planet a place to hold the Olympic Games where the government of that place has not been responsible for human rights violations (in one way or the other), then I suspect that we would be left with very few options, if any at all. If I am not mistaken almost all societies have been responsible for human rights violation either directly or indirectly, sometimes in seen ways and sometimes in unseen ways, sometimes physically, sometimes economically.

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.

Are human rights violations continuing across the globe while all this is happening. I'm afraid so. And I hope and pray for the day that we can one day live in absolute peace and harmony, where human suffering is done away with.

I am no one to tell any group of people how they should conduct their struggle. I am not part of it and am not going through what they are going through. But my heart goes out to them.

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.



Posted by Aamir Khan at 04:20 PM
5578 Comments  Post Comment Aamir's Responses
5568. Hindustani786
Posted on Sep,29,2008 at 10:27 PM
it seems u have blocked my id Mr Perfectionist...well done!!

5567. ohmyshreya
Posted on Aug,26,2008 at 02:25 AM
you are an inspiration.

5566. yungdung
Posted on Aug,12,2008 at 02:14 PM
Dear Amir,
Beautifully written
Wish things are as simple as you tried to explain,thanks for your
thoughts about us TIBETAN, but wish you could have done little
more than that,
however my regards and love will be same,so whats next Dear
love yung

5565. ahsanraza
Posted on Aug,11,2008 at 07:30 PM
Mr Aamir khan aap ko har human rights ki violation nazar a gai
magar jo 1 lakh kashmiri muslmaan aap ki indian army ne shaheed
kie vo aap likhnaa kyon bhool gay. kashmirion ka yahi kasor hai
na ke woh kahty hain pakistan se rishtaa kya lailaha ilalla.
india ne 8 lakh foj se kashmirion ko dabane ki koshin kr li magar
har kashmiri ye ilan krta hai ke khoon ke akhri katry tak tehreek
azadi jari rahy gi. jis par bhart ne apni fojain behj kr qabza
kia tha. indian army ka aaj ka hi karnama sun lain indian army ne
hriyat rehnuma shaikh abul aziz ko shaheed kr dia.

5564. rosyy_taj
Posted on Aug,10,2008 at 07:44 PM
hi aamir
u r my inspiration but i never got an opportuniy to meet u
hope soon we r goin to meet

5563. Hindustani786
Posted on Jul,27,2008 at 01:03 PM
i know u had a lot to say about state of human rights in Gujrat
when RDB was around the corner in early 2006.. wonder if u know
how Sikhs were butchered in Delhi in 1984 or the way Hindus were
kicked out of Kashmir or the way Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs were
killed in partition riots..would like to have your thoughts on
Bangalore & Ahmedabad Blasts Mr. Perfectionist n for God Sake
dont worry about Palestine.. we have our own set of problems to
look after!

5562. Tauqueer
Posted on Jul,23,2008 at 12:55 PM
salam all its tauqueer and more or less i also think that the
world is not letting people to live happily they want to again
destroy it to increase the burden on earth.

5561. nikhil_b
Posted on Jul,21,2008 at 10:26 PM
Hey Aamir, truly this blog was an insight into how an evolved
soul thinks. Thanks for sharing your views of generosity, I'm
sure its inspired lateral thinking in many.



5560. ibexthrone
Posted on Jul,14,2008 at 01:34 PM
I have the utmost respect for you Aamir. But I find your
conclusion that 'Olympics and Politics are disjoint' fallacious
and idealistic. The Chinese govt is the biggest beneficiary from
the Games afterall. And note, China is not responsible only for
human right violations. They are the biggest reason for the
depletion of the Indian tiger population today. There is
insufficient legislation against trade in endangered animals and
their bodyparts which are considered of medicinal value in
China. Not to mention their atrocious animal meat markets where
even pet dogs and cats are brought under the cleaver. Chinese
people have no regard for life in any form and I advocate nothing
but total boycott.

5559. sucherita
Posted on Jul,09,2008 at 06:46 PM
i totally agree with u. holding the torch does not mean u are
supporting China but it shows ur support for the Olympics which
brings the whole world together. it is one big festival the world
celebrates together and i am really looking forward to ur
carrying the torch

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