Mumbai: There has been a massive furore following Shah Rukh Khan’s recent taken-out-of-context statements on ‘Being a Khan’ in India. Consequently the Mumbai police has extended the security cover provided to the actor, assuring him that he would be completely safe.
The Mumbai Police commissioner said, in a statement, that not only was the actor safe, but that his security was their responsibility.
There were reports earlier that the actor had been stripped of his security cover about a fortnight ago as the police saw no threat to his life. But recent events have influenced the latest decision.
The fact that Pakistan’s Home Minister Rehman Malik has spoken about the security in India and JuD founder Hafiz Saeed has welcomed SRK to move to Pakistan has only added a lot of highly inflammable fuel to an already raging fire.
RK Singh, India’s Home Minister, came out with a statement asking Pakistan to mind their own people and business, saying: “We are capable of looking after our own citizen, let him (Rehman Malik) worry about the security of his country’s citizen.”
The controversial comment that appeared on a special edition of Outlook Turning Point’s publication and started this whole brouhaha when taken out of context read: “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. There have been occasions when I have been accused of bearing allegiance to our neighbouring nation 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 my home and return to what they refer to as my original homeland.”
"I have felt this love for the last 20 years regardless of the fact that my community is a minority within the population of India," he says later in the feature he's written for Outlook magazine, "I have been showered with love across national and cultural boundaries..."
The article titled 'Being a Khan' appears in a special Outlook edition which came out this month in a collaboration with the NY Times.