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Being a Khan: Shahrukh Khan Exposes Indian Secularism


Being a Khan Shahrukh Khan Exposes Indian SecularismNew York Times’s article bares it all about what it means to be a Muslim in the post-9/11 world and how he became an “inadvertent object of political leaders” written by Bollywood’s Shahrukh Khan.

Entitled as “Being a Khan”, ‘My Name is Khan’ actor has written a first person article which has really showed the ‘small-thinking-mind India which claims world’s biggest democracy.

“Badshah of Bollywood”, “King Khan”, “King of Romance” and “The King of Bollywood” said that many politicians had asked him to go back to his native homeland Pakistan, after 9/11 incident. He also spoke that he was pressed to make the film My Name is Khan to prove a point after being repeatedly detained in US airports because of his last name.

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Khan, who has millions of his fans around the world, said, “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 (Pakistan) rather than my own country.”

47-year old “Dil Wala” actor was born to Muslim parents in New Delhi, India. His father, Taj Mohammed Khan, a Pathan, was an Indian independence activist from Peshawar, British India. According to Khan, his paternal grandfather was originally from Afghanistan.

He is married to Gauri, a Hindu, and has two children Aryan and Suhana. He said, “I gave my son and daughter names that could pass for generic (pan-India and pan-religious) ones – Aryan and Suhana. The Khan has been bequeathed by me so they can’t really escape it. I pronounce it with my epiglottis when asked by Muslims and throw the Aryan as evidence of their race when non-Muslims enquire.”

On the other hand, the chief of Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has offered SRK to come in Pakistan if he does not feel safe in India while saying, “I welcome him; I will help him with his stay here.