Mumbai: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Tuesday said that the controversy suurounding an article that he wrote is nonsensical and urged people to read it before making any comment.
Shahrukh Khan recently penned an article in Outlook Turning Points, entitled Being A Khan: Being A Muslim In The Post 9/11 World, that caused controversy in both India and Pakistan.
Addressing a press conference in Mumbai, the Bollywood king said, “Being an Indian is an unconditional truth of my life.” He said that he is proud to be an Indian citizen and his article has nothing to do with the ongoing Indo-Pak issue. He revealed that his article 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,” he said at a press conference in Mumbai.
“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,” he added.
Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s comment that India should provide the actor security prompting a sharp rebuke from New Delhi that Islamabad should mind its own minorities.
Malik said in Islamabad that the Indian government should provide security to Shah Rukh, in the thick of a controversy over his remarks on being a Muslim that led to Jamaat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed saying the star could move to Pakistan.