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
5538. lofty
Posted on May,08,2008 at 06:43 AM
I dont think you need to worry too much Aamir cos I think you
have done the right thing

5537. lofty
Posted on May,08,2008 at 06:41 AM
I couldnt agree more with you on this one.....

5536. gak
Posted on May,06,2008 at 02:01 PM
when will you shoot in pune and when will you meet me ?

5535. kaneaditya
Posted on May,05,2008 at 10:10 PM
Sir, personally the olympics are being held in Bejing but
changing rules of the IOC which required the host ot have free
elections and free press. Rules were changed for China. I think
atleast in my opinion the olympic games on 2008 do belong to
China and you have endorsed it by running with the torch.

5534. kanwaljeet
Posted on May,05,2008 at 09:51 PM
hi aamir,this is my first time i visited to ur blog...i am a big
fan of urs since QSQT...well i came to know about ur blog today
by a news channel that u met an injury again on the sets of ur
upcoming movie
i wish good luck ..u recover soon..
well previously i was curious about ur taking part in olympic
torch rally...y ur participating etc ,etc....but when i read ur
point of view i was totally convinced....well i must appreciate
that ur not only a good actor but a true indian,intelligent and a
nice human being....my all wishes to u......get well

5533. palimadra
Posted on May,04,2008 at 12:37 PM
I do not know whether Olympics have any meaning in this day and
age with the drugs, politics and the money involved. I'm sure it
is was not supposed to be this

5532. shandilya
Posted on May,02,2008 at 06:42 PM
Hii Aamir...i checked out jaane tu's teaser on You tube,,,luks
quite a nice movie for todays' gen. Nice one buddy!!
As far as ur injury is concerned u'll b all ryt, up and running
soon,,,,i knw ur a
"Tyre that never Tires"
Tk cr nd njoi ur injury.

5531. soni_nice1
Posted on May,02,2008 at 06:14 PM

5530. ndharmraj
Posted on May,02,2008 at 05:16 PM
I just see this as a opportunity that could unite the world in a
cause, and that is what we are looking to do most times. No, the
defense of "Ever nation does so..." CANNOT be a valid one until
we live in utopia. Other nation's violations cannot validate or
even shroud for one second China's gross violations.

We are mostly feeding China's economy by participating in the
Olympics and its peripheral activities aren't we? Here is a
chance to say ALL OF US...the rest of the world WILL when at one
moment, in unison say, "Stop.." This is just an opportunity to do
so..isn't it? And you know we see the world rising up to the
occation..we see people taking that stand and I'd rather
encourage this movement here and now than...well...oppose it. I'd
Pick Tibet and its people and their cause over the long standing
tradition of the Olympics.

I hope you recover soon from your injury.

Lots of love and regards,


5529. ndharmraj
Posted on May,02,2008 at 05:16 PM
Dearest Aamir,

You are one of those people who I have deep regards and warm
affection for and I do hear and even understand your stand on
carrying the Olympic Torch but I must say I disagree.

Perhaps at this point in time nothing can dissuade you from doing
so and thus I say this with no hope or agenda but to express my

Msg 1 Continued.... Nidhi

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