Naturally, this meant that in 1984, the Soviet Union and its allies had to retaliate by boycotting the Los Angeles Olympics. Only, they didn't have a reason, like Afghanistan, that they could offer for their boycott. So in the months leading up to the Olympics, they made plenty of noise about the crime rate in LA, the smog in LA, the apparent lack of security in LA, that sort of thing.
There was some kind of demonstration, or maybe some violence by gangs, in LA not too long before the Olympics began. The Soviet bloc had not yet announced their boycott. Some Soviet functionary pounced on this incident and used it to pronounce that these things happened all the time in the USA, and therefore Soviet athletes would feel uneasy there.
And then he said something like: "Why doesn't the US simply ban these groups?"
American columnists immediately slammed him. One said, I remember, something like this: "This poor guy, all he can think of is banning stuff. That's all he knows. He just doesn't get what the US is about. In this country, we don't ban things!"
This is about all I remember of this incident. (If anyone remembers it in more detail, please let me know).
So why do I relate it now? Because of this report, titled "Aamir has been foolish." It talks about how the BJP is critical of Khan for his recent support for people who will be displaced by the dams on the Narmada.
Routine stuff. But it ends by quoting a BJP leader: "My advice is he should lie low and let the controversy blow over."
The poor guy. All he knows is "lying low" and letting "controversy blow over". He cannot understand that some people say things out of conviction, and they will not easily "lie low and let the controversy blow over."
From all I can tell, Aamir Khan is one such. May there be many more.
Postscript: The BJP has been asking Aamir Khan to "apologize" for his remarks on the Narmada and on the recent violence in Vadodara (see this item, for example.
Just what did Khan say about Vadodara and when? I have not seen it, and can't find any news about it now. Can someone give me a pointer?