Shah Rukh is Indian, should not be linked to Pakistan: Shiv Sena

Published: November 4, 2015
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Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan. PHOTO: FILE

Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan. PHOTO: FILE

Shiv Sena showed on Wednesday surprising support for Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan after he recently came under fire by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders.

“He is an Indian superstar and should not be linked to Muslims in Pakistan. There is no reason to target him as he is an Indian,” said Sanjay Raut, Shiva Sena MP from Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

The King Khan lately was criticised for supporting writers who were returning their awards in a protest against the ‘growing intolerance’ in India.

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Raut said actors such as Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, and Dilip Kumar became superstars despite being Muslims.

“This can happen in only one country in the world and that is India. It clearly shows that we are the most tolerant nation in the world,” he said.

Earlier, BJP MP Yogi Aditiyanath had targeted Shah Rukh by comparing him with an alleged mastermind of Mumbai attacks.

Raut also came softhearted on King Khan when he said that all those people who are returning their awards are Hindus, whereas Shah Rukh is not.

“So should we ask all those Hindus to go to Pakistan? Why single out him (Khan) then?”

On the contrary, the Shiv Sena leader advised King Khan not to indulge in mudslinging over the intolerance issue.

“There is no need for an actor to get involved in this mess. He should realise that 25-something people who are returning the awards does not mean 1.25 billion Indians are unhappy. This is mud and if you throw your words, your clothes are bound to get dirty.”

This article originally appeared on The Hindu

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Another Indian
    Nov 5, 2015 - 12:50AM

    LOL.. SRK must not have seen that coming…Recommend

  • Hameed
    Nov 5, 2015 - 1:42AM

    Indians are so divided even extremists can’t agree on who should be sent to Pakistan.Recommend

  • Salim
    Nov 5, 2015 - 7:12AM

    What is this? Good cop Bad cop??Recommend

  • jb
    Nov 5, 2015 - 8:01AM

    “Despite being a muslim”? These guys can’t get their prejudice in order can they.

    I’m writing this post here from the comfort of my Pakistan home with a very good education and career prospects in Pakistan “despite being a Muslim” and having easily beaten multi-national candidates in global events, including from India….again “despite being a muslim”.Recommend

  • kanidefurqan
    Nov 5, 2015 - 8:15AM

    @ Hameed. Comment of the day.Recommend

  • Malatesh
    Nov 5, 2015 - 9:19AM

    Shiv Sena is misinterpreted by Pakistanis.. Shiv Sena is not against any minority community, their ideology is different, they even oppose non marathi people in order to protect jobs to the local marathi speaking community.

    They are against Pakistan due to past bitter experiences like 26/11, kargil.. Etc Recommend

  • uday
    Nov 5, 2015 - 2:16PM

    And FYI The ‘Shiv’ in shiv sena isnt the hindu god but rather the name of the great marathi warrior king Shivaji. It is more of a regional party that harps on marathi pride.. Not hindutva oriented like BJPRecommend

  • utkarsh
    Nov 7, 2015 - 5:31AM

    @jb:
    read the full statement.. He said that “despite being a muslim(a minority , especially from a religion that faces flake across the globe today), he can still be a super star in India(a predominantly hindu country)” ?
    do you even understand English ? Recommend

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