Don't understand the concept of 'religious intolerance': Salman Khan

Bollywood megastar says youth won't tolerate 'all this' and that will be the right kind of intolerance


Entertainment Desk November 09, 2015
Bollywood megastar says youth won't tolerate 'all this' and that will be the right kind of intolerance.

The term 'growing intolerance' has gathered a great deal of controversy in India. It has even landed Indian's most beloved star Shah Rukh Khan in political turmoil for using it in his recent interview.

Several Bollywood celebrities have shared their views and while some artists have even returned their awards given to them by the Indian government, megastar and SRK's 'buddy brother' Salman Khan has a rather different take on the matter.

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The Bajrangi Bhaijaan actor earlier refused to comment on the controversy surrounding Shah Rukh but has finally broken his silence.

PinkVilla reports that in a statement given by Salman, the actor gave an example of his diverse background saying he doesn't even understand the concept. "What do I say on religious intolerance? My mother is Maharashtrian, my father is Muslim, Helen aunty is Catholic, my sister-in-laws, one is Catholic Malyali, one is Punjabi and my brother-in-laws, one is Punjabi and the other one is from Himachal. So we don’t have this concept at all," he said.

He stressed that entertainers of the country are not a part of political agendas, in fact, they are respected and loved for what they do.

"We have never seen this in theatre that only Muslims go to watch a certain film. We are respected and we are loved for what we do on screen. Out of the 121 crore people in India, there are only 14-15% Muslims. Who are the rest? Banaya kis nay hum ko? Who made us?" he questioned.

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"People from different beliefs have made us who we are. This (India) is the safest place to live in for people from different religious backgrounds. I don't believe that a Hindu does not have a Muslim best friend or vice versa, or a relative, in today's day and age. So then, why? And even these people, who come and raise these topics, I am sure they go back and say, 'What is this? What are we talking about?' I am sure they don’t believe in these divides either," he further added.

Reflecting on his personal beliefs, the superstar confessed, “I come from the belief that even I don’t know who I am. I don’t understand these things because I am half-Hindu, half-Muslim and I went to a Catholic school. Even today, when I start painting, Jesus’ image pops in my head and I paint that."

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"So I don’t understand these things. Perhaps there might be some people who think like that, but I really don't think they are in a majority. People who had to leave this country, they left. They didn't want to stay here... Those who live here, this is their country, this is everyone's country, and they love it," asserted the star.

When asked if older generations have different views than the youth, Salman replied, "My father was telling me, during partition, when everyone was leaving, everyone came to the Muslim families in Indore and said ‘don't go'. They said nothing will happen, just stay here. How lovely is that? Because they were all like a family there. They sat together, ate together."

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"And the same thing still exists. We have never once thought in this direction. And I don't think the younger generation thinks like this at all. So then why talk about these things? For the television? You stop saying these things, you stop writing about these things, no one will bother. Otherwise you will get feedback from the youth that this is wrong," he added.

"I have a lot of belief in this country and its future. I've got so much belief in the youth. They are so clear, so driven; they are not petty at all. They are so compassionate and loving. They will not tolerate all this. And that will be the right kind of intolerance," he concluded.

All in all, Salman has stood by his motto of Being Human once again!

COMMENTS (6)

PK | 6 years ago | Reply You can't understand the meaning of religion when your vision is not clear about your religion. It's all about belief. So follow one straight path which is Islam..
Nil | 6 years ago | Reply His father is converted muslim. Both respects and follows rituals of Hinduism. Even they believe in Idol worship of Lord Ganesha and Godess Sarswati.
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