Rehman Malik commands security for Shahrukh Khan

Rehman Malik who is Pakistan’s Interior Minister has thrust himself into the limelight for something quite controversial. He has commanded that security should be provided to actor Shah Rukh Khan. This demand has been made known after the actor wrote an account in the first-person about what it means to be a Khan (or a Muslim) in a world that has faced a 9/11.

Rehman Malik said, “He (Shahrukh) 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.”

In the year 2008, Shah Rukh Khan had said with conviction, “There is an Islam from Allah and I am not being anti, very unfortunately, there is an Islam from the Mullahs. I appeal to all of them to please give the youngsters, the right reading of the Quran.”

This year, Shah Rukh Khan has again raised eyebrows for his essay, on the repercussions of being Khan in India. This essay got published in the special edition of ‘Outlook Turning Points’.

SRK 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 neighboring 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."

SRK also spoke about the real reason behind making “My Name is Khan”. He said, “I became so sick of being mistaken for some crazed terrorist who coincidentally carries the same last name of mine that I made a film, subtly titled My Name is Khan (and I am not a terrorist) to prove a point. Ironically, I was interrogated at the airport for hours about my last name when I was going to present the film in America for the first time.”

Writer Salman Rushdie and film-director Deepa Mehta have also faced similar protests in response to their works. They also shared their thoughts on the SRK issue. Mehta said, “Artists have always been soft targets.” Rushdie added saying, “I have come to realize that not everyone will like your work and I'm okay with that.”