Thank you, ‘Dr’ Shahrukh Khan for enlightening us with a word of immense wisdom. We have had glimpses of your wisdom in past such as “jihad is not about killing other people, jihad is about killing the badness in you“.
Yes, Dr Khan, we understand. To your filmy tunnel vision, we, the people of India and they, the people of Pakistan, are indeed the same. Or should we believe that there is a different kind of brotherhood influencing your thought process.
It is true that we come from the same original land of Bharat – we want to keep her intact, they want to break it into thousand pieces.
Our ancestors happen to be the same – we acknowledge and adore the fact, they abhor and decimate whoever is available in an attempt to wipe out the link.
We are culturally the same – we have created it over centuries what they are eager to destroy in moments.
Ours is a 10,000 year old civilization, theirs is a 62 yearrs old country undoing whole human civilization.
We extend our hands repeatedly to promote friendship and amity, they give us ISI, Lashkar, Harkat, Kargil and 26/11 in exchange.
Let us remind you, your own statement ” ..I am a Muslim in a country called India …We’ve never been made to feel this is a Hindu country“.
Can you find me a Hindu in Pakistan who can reciprocate that sentiment?
Let us also remind you that there was another Mr Khan, first name Feroze, from your fraternity who, some years ago, earned a lot of acclaim and was banned from entering Pakistan for saying, “India is secular unlike Pakistan“.
Indeed, Mr SRK, that is the basic difference of the land of “Hindu” India from the official Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
So please do not lump the people of India and Pakistan together as South Asians – we, Indians, love to preserve our separate identity.
And plaese do not insult the land that gave you your life, name and fame, by equating it with her worst enemy country.
12 July 2009, 12:00am IST
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan pitched for greater harmony among South Asian people as he accepted an honorary doctorate from a British university, saying governments were best left to their own “agendas”.
“We belong to – I know it’s a bit of a cliche but – one world. Specifically I think, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka – all of us, we’re the same. I really believe we are the same,” Khan told journalists after being made honorary Doctor of Arts by Bedfordshire University Friday.
The doctorate in recognition of his “exceptional achievement as a film actor and producer”, was proposed by an Indian NGO called Routes 2 Roots, which works to bring South Asians together.
“My mother is from Hyderabad in India and father is from Peshawar (in Pakistan). So I do believe in this (cultural unity).
“Especially when you come away from India or Pakistan you realise there is no Indian or Pakistani – we’re all together. We are – culturally, as human beings, as friends. These are the aspects that keep us together.
“As far as the (government) agendas are concerned, let them go on.”
Invited by a Pakistani journalist to visit Pakistan, said: “I also do wish to go there – my family’s there.”
Earlier, in his acceptance speech, Khan said he was inspired by the doctorate to work for the education of poor children in India.
“While this honour is bestowed on me, I wonder if the deserving but poor and underprivileged children from India can also pursue their higher education in such universities and maybe earn a doctorate as well.
“This thought has been weighing heavily on my mind and I am hopeful that I would be able to contribute to this cause in the future,” he added.