Saturday, April 05, 2008

Aamir Khan to carry Olympic Torch

The BBC reports that Bollywood actor, Aamir Khan will carry the
Olympic torch through India even though he does not support China's
crackdown on Tibetan demonstrators.

According to the BBC, "Aamir Khan said in his blog that many of his
fans had asked him not to take part in carrying the torch through the
Indian capital Delhi later this month. "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 empathise with them," he
said. "I request those of you who have asked me to stay
understand that when I do run with the 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."

According to The Hindu, "The actor is the brand ambassador of
Coca-Cola, which is the global partner of the Beijing Olympics 2008,
and will carry the torch when it passes through India. The others who
will get their hands on the Olympic torch as it passes through India
are Dr Kiran Bedi, Dr Narayan G. Hegde of Bharatiya Agro Industries
Foundation, World Wildlife Fund of India's Secretary General and CEO,
Mr Ravi Singh and Coca-Cola's President and CEO, Mr Atul Singh.
Environment champion working at the grass root level, Mr Y. Subhash
Chandra Reddy, is also amongst the torch bearers who will run through
New Delhi when the Olympic torch, on its cross-continent journey,
arrives here on April 17."

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THe Hindu article can be read at --

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