"We had a great meeting with honourable President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee. He said 'Awards are given by nation not by governments," Kher tweeted after his meeting with Mukherjee at the conclusion of the march from India Gate to the Rashtrapati Bhawan presidential mansion.

"Happy to share that PM Narendra Modi ji is meeting us at 6.30 p.m.," he added.

Kher led a 'March For India' to Rashtrapati Bhavan to protest against the voices being raised over "intolerance" in the country. He was joined by filmmakers Madhur Bhandarkar, Ashoke Pandit, Priyadarshan, actor Manoj Joshi and singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya.

Over the past few days, several writers, painters, filmmakers and scientists have returned their awards over fears that the country's democracy might be coming apart.

Noted academician Madhu Purnima Kishwar of the Centre for Study of Developing Societies and founder of Manushi, a women's rights journal, was also present at the march. She slammed both Congress and Left parties for bringing shame to the country through the series of 'award wapsi'.

"People who are terming the current rule as fascism, do they even know the meaning of it? In India, even if there is one incident of atrocity, the whole country rises in revolt," Kishwar said.

Singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya also took potshots at people returning awards saying that such people who are protesting by returning awards will not be spared.

"We are not to leave people (ones who are returning awards) like this. They are anti-nationals. We are proud if we are called Bhakts," he said.


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