Aamir damaged India’s brand identity, says DIPP secretary

Actor Aamir Khan damaged the “brand India” while being the brand ambassador of the celebrated ‘Incredible India’ campaign, a senior official has said.

Defending the exit of Khan from the campaign, Secretary, department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP),Amitabh Kant said the actor, by terming India an ‘intolerant country’, worked against his role as that of a brand ambassador.

“A brand ambassador promotes a brand. People will come to India and tourist flow will increase only if the brand ambassador of ‘Incredible India’ promotes the country as ‘incredible’,” Kant told reporters on the sidelines of a convocation here on Monday.

“But if the brand ambassador says India is intolerant, he surely is not working as brand ambassador,” Kant said.

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“The brand ambassador must be the best brand ambassador for promoting and marketing India, he cannot be the destroyer of the brand,” he said while replying to a query on removal of Khan from the campaign, without taking the actor’s name.

Khan had late last year stirred a controversy after he expressed “alarm and despondency” over rising instances of intolerance in the country in the past few months and said that his wife (Kiran Rao) even asked if they should move out of India as she feared for the safety of their children. Read Articles

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