Mumbai: Shah Rukh Khan's essay for the special edition of Outlook Turning Points publication has raised a controversy. In the piece, the actor shared his views on what it meant to be a Khan in India.
The actor wrote, "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'."
In reaction to that, both Indian and Pakistani authorities sparred over the actor's security cover.
Rehman Malik, Pakistan's Interior Minister, said, "He (Shah Rukh) is born Indian and he would like to remain Indian, but I will request the government of India (to) please provide him security. And I would like to request all Indian brothers and sisters who are all talking against Shah Rukh that they should know he is a movie star, he is loved as a star by the people of Pakistan and he is loved by the people of India. Then why to create some kind of hate, let's bring love."
Home Secretary RK Singh hit back. "We are capable of looking after our own citizens, let him worry about security of his country's citizens," he said.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai Police reviewed and restored the actor's security that was withdrawn earlier this month following an audit. Shah Rukh Khan will now be provided with a non-categorised security - a contingent of Mumbai Police will accompany the actor round the clock.
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