Renowned Indian filmstar Shah Rukh Khan has described a controversy centered around him as “nonsense” and said an article he wrote recently titled ‘Being a Khan’ was being misquoted.
“I implore you all that please read the article. Nowhere does it say that I feel unsafe in my country,” he said. “I wrote this article to state how Muslim artists are sometimes troubled by narrow-minded people. But the same thing seems to have happened again,” Mr Khan shared at a press conference in Mumbai.
In the piece in Outlook Turning Point, the 47-year-old had written, “I sometimes become the inadvertent object of political leaders who choose to make me a symbol of all that they think is wrong and unpatriotic about Muslims in India.”
He added, “There have been occasions when I have been accused of bearing allegiance to our neighbouring nation rather than my own country – this even though I am an Indian, whose father fought for the freedom of India. Rallies have been held where leaders have exhorted me to leave and return what they refer to my original homeland,”
In reaction, over the weekend, Jamaat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, who India holds responsible for its worst-ever terror attack, said the star could move to India. Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said yesterday, “He (Shah Rukh) is born Indian and he would like to remain Indian, but I will request the government of India (to) please provide him security. ”
The Indian government’s response was prompt. “We are quite capable of looking after the security of our own citizens… let him (Malik) worry about security of his own,” Home Secretary RK Singh told reporters in New Delhi.
Congress spokesman Manish Tiwari said, “The interior minister of Pakistan would be better served by bothering about the internal situation in Pakistan and really introspecting about the treatment of minorities there and see what they can do to improve the condition and the plight of their own minorities.”