Shahrukh Khan exposes Indian secularism
January 26, 2013 - Updated 130 PKT
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Mumbai: Bollywood king Shahrukh Khan has exposed so-calledsecular face of world largest democracy: India, expressing his agonyhe is facing for being born as a Muslim.
SRK wrote an article titled Being a Khan for Outlook Turning Pointsmagazine. Khan said in the article many politicians asked him to go back to hisnative homeland: Pakistan, after 9/11 incident. “I sometimes become the inadvertent object of political leaders whochoose to make me a symbol of all that they think is wrong andunpatriotic about Muslims in India". "There have been occasions when I have been accused of bearingallegiance to our neighboring nation (Pakistan) rather than my owncountry – this even though I am an Indian, whose father fought for thefreedom of India. Rallies have been held where leaders have exhortedme to leave and return what they refer to my ‘original’ homeland.” “I gave my son and daughter names that could pass for generic (pan-India and pan-religious) ones – Aryan and Suhana,”Shahrukh Khansaid. “The Khan has been bequeathed by me so they can’t really escape it.Khan said that he pronounced names of his children with his epiglottiswhen asked by Muslims and throw the Aryan as evidence of their racewhen non-Muslims enquired. "I imagine this will prevent my offspringfrom receiving unwarranted eviction orders or random fatwas in thefuture,” said Khan. Khan said that he was pressed to make the film My Name is Khan toprove a point after being repeatedly detained in US airports because of his last name.
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