Muslim Bollywood star Aamir Khan attracted criticism after appearing in a Diwali TV advertisement, highlighting India’s religious divide. Photo: AFP File
Muslim Bollywood star Aamir Khan attracted criticism after appearing in a Diwali TV advertisement, highlighting India’s religious divide. Photo: AFP File
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Bollywood star’s Diwali firecrackers comment blows up culture wars against Muslims in India

  • Actor Aamir Khan was attacked online for ‘hurting Hindu sentiments’ in a TV ad, as minority Muslims feel increasingly targeted and marginalised in India
  • Analysts say these culture wars always increase ahead of an election, as Narendra Modi’s BJP mobilises Hindu voters on religious lines

Muslim Bollywood star Aamir Khan attracted criticism after appearing in a Diwali TV advertisement, highlighting India’s religious divide. Photo: AFP File
Muslim Bollywood star Aamir Khan attracted criticism after appearing in a Diwali TV advertisement, highlighting India’s religious divide. Photo: AFP File
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