Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s article in Outlook Turning Point about being a Muslim in India has been engulfed in controversies.
In the in article in the Outlook Turning Point, published in association with The New York Times Shah Rukh Khan wrote: “There have been occasions when I have been accused of bearing allegiance to our neighboring 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”.
This statement received strong reaction from Jamaat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, who India holds responsible for it’s worst-ever terror attack, said the star could move to Pakistan.
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."
Indian Home Secretary RK Singh responded to these statements by saying, “We are quite capable of looking after the security of our own citizens... let him (Malik) worry about security of his own.”
Shah Rukh Khan, who wrote the article with a good intention, fails to understand why his article has become so controversial.
“I don't even understand the basis of this controversy. Ironically, the article I wrote - yes it is written by me - was actually meant to reiterate that on some occasions my being an Indian Muslim film star is misused by bigots and narrow-minded people who have misplaced religious ideologies for very, very small gains. And ironically the same has happened through this article once again,” said Shah Rukh Khan in an interview with a daily.
The actor said that he is very happy and contended about living in India and dint need any unsolicited advice.
“I would like to tell all those who are offering me unsolicited advice that we in India are extremely safe and happy. We have an amazing democratic, free and secular way of life,” the actor added.