My Name is Khan
Renowned Indian film star Shahrukh Khan recently came under fire from radical Indian factions over an article he penned for an Indian magazine. In the article, Khan discussed the perils of living as a Muslim in India and the constant opposition and harassment he faced from religious communities within the country. The actor revealed that in a post-9/11 world, many politicians had blatantly asked him to return to his native homeland: Pakistan. Furthermore, Khan exposed that politicians often stamp him as a symbol of everything that is wrong and unpatriotic about Muslims in India.
Following the article’s publication, angry protestors and extremist groups held rallies and demanded that Shahrukh Khan leave India. He enjoys unprecedented popularity in India and around the world and has faced the criticism of having loyalty to Pakistan rather than his native country. Moreover, he is the first Indian actor of Muslim origin to face such criticism; a development that could seriously tarnish his image and popularity in Bollywood.
The situation was further aggravated when Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Rehman Malik, publicly suggested to officials in New Delhi to provide the actor with enhanced security. In response, the Indian Home Secretary, RK Singh as- sured the Pakistan side that India was quite capable of taking care of the security of its own people.
In the wake of this controversy, Shahrukh Khan held a press conference to address the accusation. Claiming that he wrote the article to reiterate his patriotism, Khan argued that some extremist factions within Indian had distorted facts because of his Muslim identity. He was of the view that many were reacting to his article without reading it and said that he doesn’t understand the basis of the controversy.