There’s extreme intolerance in India: Shah Rukh Khan on 50th birthday

When asked if he was ready to give up his awards much like those over the past month, Shah Rukh Khan said he would, in a symbolic gesture if asked to.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: November 3, 2015 4:34 am
Shan Rukh Khan, srk, eid, shah rukh khan news, Shan Rukh Khan latest news, Shan Rukh Khan twitter, Shan Rukh Khan fans, Shan Rukh Khan followers, Shan Rukh Khan movies, Shan Rukh Khan upcoming movies, entertainment news Shah Rukh Khan, who turns fifty today, took questions from his Twitter fans.

Actor Shah Rukh Khan Monday joined the chorus against “growing intolerance” in the country, saying that “religious intolerance and not being secular…is the worst kind of crime that you can do as a patriot”.

At a press conference in Mumbai, when asked whether he would return an award — on the lines of what writers and filmmakers have been doing as a form of protest — he said, “No one can force me to do anything I don’t want to, but let me get a National Award, and then I will return it.” He added that he respected the writers for what they are doing.

 

Watch Video: Discussing The Widening Of The Protest Against ‘Intolerance’

Earlier, talking to India Today TV, he said, “There is intolerance, there is extreme intolerance… there is, I think… there is growing intolerance.”

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“It is stupid… It is stupid to be intolerant and this is our biggest issue, not just an issue… Religious intolerance and not being secular in this country is the worst kind of crime that you can do as a patriot,” he said.

He added, “People put words into the air even before thinking and here is a secular country. Here’s a country perhaps for the last 10 years that is on the cusp of going beyond what we think.”

On writers and filmmakers returning their awards, he told the TV channel, “I respect those who returned awards, but I don’t have to.”

However, he admitted that being a celebrity, it was tough for him to take a stand on every issue. “We may talk about freedom of speech, but people come outside my house and throw stones,” he said.

He added that no one should question his patriotism. “We will never be a superpower if we are not going to believe that all religions are equal,” he said.

At the press conference, too, he said, “Creativity is secular. Creativity ke andar koi jaat paat, koi dharm nahin aata hai. Kis religion ke hain. Humein kalaakaar se pyaar hai, na ke kahaan se aayein hain (Creativity does not involve caste or religion. We love the artist, not where he is from),” said the actor, who turned 50 Monday.

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    Imran
    Apr 4, 2016 at 2:22 am
    Kk bhai Dubai ki baat mat Karou I m talking about srk and India I have been Dubai all Hindu and other religion make money there they r not citizen
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      Imran
      Jan 8, 2016 at 12:15 am
      Haters of shahrukh khan u all just wanted a chance to hate him shame on u all shahrukh khan great actor great Indian.haters u wil not be remembered but shahrukh wil be always legend and great great Indian shahrukh is best like amitabh bachan
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        Sensirina Teslakawski
        Feb 4, 2016 at 2:16 pm
        If those one or two incidents did happen in your familly maybe you'll understand... shame on you
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          KK
          Apr 4, 2016 at 2:07 pm
          Bhai, So you agree you are respected as a Muslim in India. Re Making money, you can make money by cleaning toilets 24 hrs. That's what they have jobs there for many. Only few can open a business with one citizen as shareholder. But in India you get both respect and money.
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            Shritha
            Feb 14, 2016 at 10:55 am
            I mean there are many intolrent things happening. Why you choose religious view to your opinion.. It's all for publicity
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              Sri
              Aug 12, 2016 at 5:33 pm
              He may be great, but he just tries to blame Majority all the time, even though majority never ever thought or treated he is different. I was once a fan of Sharukh, not anymore. He paint everyone for the act of few
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                Sri
                Aug 12, 2016 at 5:41 pm
                I agree with you and i know you did not type it deliberately
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                  Sri
                  Aug 12, 2016 at 5:35 pm
                  One or two incident in Billions , yes my family members suffered in train blast in Mumbai, but i dont hate him. Just dont see it from one angle
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                    Sri
                    Aug 12, 2016 at 5:37 pm
                    Well, take him
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                      Sri
                      Aug 12, 2016 at 5:38 pm
                      why? he is excercising his freedom of speech
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                        vineet
                        Nov 2, 2015 at 6:24 pm
                        well it has come because of these "intolerance" activists. otherwise we were content simply putting the scales back on balance. but if you are going to protest our setting things right using fallacious arguments, we can at least use ungracious but correct arguments.
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                          vineet
                          Nov 2, 2015 at 6:23 pm
                          well it has come because of these "intolerance" activists. otherwise we were content simply putting the scales back on balance. but if you are going to protest our setting things right using fallacious arguments, we can at least use ungracious but correct arguments.
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                            prakash gotimukul
                            Nov 2, 2015 at 1:52 pm
                            Enjoy and crib but dont do anything about it. See for yourself within before preaching.
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                              Shivaji
                              Nov 3, 2015 at 2:15 am
                              BHARAT- you are another PIG masking yourself under vedic name! you prove . he he. go breed you pig. product of incest.
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                                Shivaji
                                Nov 3, 2015 at 2:03 am
                                FOR PSEUDO SECULAR PRODUCTS OF INCEST. WHY DID YOU NOT SPEAK UP WHEN THESE HAPPENED UNDER CONGRESS AND ITS ALLIES? MORONS - PRODUCTS OF INCEST. 2013 - Canning roits. Attack on Hindus by muslim mobs. burned down over 200 Hindu homes & 24 Hindu-owned shops were looted 2010 - Deganga roits. Attack on Hindu by Muslim mobs led by Haji Nurul Islam. 23 houses ransacked,250 shops had been looted during the several days of rioting,while 50 houses had been burned and 5 temples desecrated. 2008 - Mumbai Macre - 11 coordinated attacks by Muslim terrorists; casualties include people of various nationalities, and Israeli victims were reportedly tortured before being killed 2008 - Tumudibandh macre (part of the Murder of Swami Lakshmanananda) - Hindus killed. Lead by Christian extremists. 2006 - Doda Macre - 35 Hindus murdered by Islamists. 2006 - Varanasi Bombings - 28 killed, 101 injured -Devotees of Sankat Mochan Temple targeted - Islamic attack on Hindus 2003 - The Marad macre was the killing of eight Hindus by a Muslim mob 2003 Nadimarg Macre - 24 Hindus murdered, by Muslim insurgent groups. 2002 Kaluchak macre - 31 Hindus murdered. Muslim insurgent groups attack Tourist bus and Army's family quarter attacked. 2002 Raghunath Hindu temple macre II (part of 2002 Raghunath temple attacks)- 14 killed, 45 injured (mostly Hindu devotees) - Lead my Islamic groups. 2002 Akshardham Temple attack - 29 killed, 79 injured (Hindu devotees)- Again lead by Islamic groups. 2002 Qasim Nagar macre - 29 Hindus murdered by Islamic groups. IF I START LISTING OTHER ISLAMIC AND CHRISTIAN AND CONGRESS ATROCITIES HERE, IT WILL FILL A BOOK! AND YET YOU CAN ONLY TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS TO MUSLIMS. YOU WON'T TALK ABOUT THE FACT THAT IN 2002 Godhra macre - 59 Hindus were burnt alive for being hindus by Muslims. NO ONE RETURNED AWARDS THEN? So called educated elite - products of Macaulay -- did not return awards or talked about 'intolerance' for any of these. OR even when Tasleema Nasreen was slapped by MIM. So SHUT UP NOW. and don't even dare to call yourself 'SECULAR' if you don't like INDIA. GO LIVE IN OR SOMEWHERE ELSE!
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                                  Shivaji
                                  Nov 3, 2015 at 2:32 am
                                  G - you are another PIG you prove . he he. go breed you pig. product of incest. ha ha ha. , afgan, siria, libiya, iran, iraq, somalia, somalia, all pigs are raping your pig sisters, mothers and daughters. running live shows. Begging Europe to help you, showing fake pig babies. ha ha ha ha ha. so funny. All on tele. Daily entertainment for us! ha ha. keep it you pigs - children of incest.
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                                    Shivaji
                                    Nov 3, 2015 at 5:22 am
                                    yeah! Piggy Shiekb. Keep living in your ignorance. child of incest!
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                                      Shivaji
                                      Nov 3, 2015 at 2:18 am
                                      you are another PIG masking yourself under vedic name! you prove . he he. go breed you pig. product of incest.
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                                        Shivaji
                                        Nov 3, 2015 at 2:22 am
                                        you are another PIG you prove . he he. go breed you pig. product of incest. ha ha ha. , afgan, siria, libiya, iran, iraq, somalia, somalia, all pigs are raping your pig sisters, mothers and daughters. running live shows. Begging to Europe to help showing fake pig babies. ha ha ha ha ha. so funny. All on tele. Daily entertainment for us! ha ha. keep it you pigs - children of incest.
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                                          Shivaji
                                          Nov 3, 2015 at 2:22 am
                                          you are another PIG you prove . he he. go breed you pig. product of incest. ha ha ha. , afgan, siria, libiya, iran, iraq, somalia, somalia, all pigs are raping your pig sisters, mothers and daughters. running live shows. Begging to Europe to help showing fake pig babies. ha ha ha ha ha. so funny. All on tele. Daily entertainment for us! ha ha. keep it you pigs - children of incest.
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                                            Shivaji
                                            Nov 3, 2015 at 2:22 am
                                            you are another PIG you prove . he he. go breed you pig. product of incest. ha ha ha. , afgan, siria, libiya, iran, iraq, somalia, somalia, all pigs are raping your pig sisters, mothers and daughters. running live shows. Begging to Europe to help showing fake pig babies. ha ha ha ha ha. so funny. All on tele. Daily entertainment for us! ha ha. keep it you pigs - children of incest.
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