The Shiv Sena has no right to ask Shah Rukh Khan to go to Pakistan,
says 83-year-old freedom fighter Trilochan Singh, pointing out that
the Bollywood superstar’s father was a prominent Quit India movement
activist who chose to migrate to Delhi from Peshawar during
“It is so ironical and tragic that the
Shiv Sena which didn’t do anything during the freedom struggle is
asking Shah Rukh to leave,” said Singh, who had joined the Quit
India movement along with the actor’s father, Taj Mohammad Mir, in
Peshawar, which now lies in Pakistan.
“What is important here is that we
were Hindus and we quit Pakistan, but here was a Muslim who chose to
come to India. How can the Shiv Sena tell Shah Rukh, whose whole
family was involved in the freedom fight, to go to Pakistan?”
agonised Singh while talking exclusively to IANS.
Shiv Sena activists are seeking an
apology from Shah Rukh over his remarks against the exclusion of
Pakistani players from the Indian Premier League and have threatened
to ban his upcoming release, “My Name Is Khan” in Mumbai theatres if
he doesn’t retract his statement.
They demonstrated in front of his
house, carrying what they called was a ticket to Pakistan.
“Both I and Shah Rukh’s father Taj
Mohammad are from Peshawar (Pakistan). We were involved in the Quit
India movement. Taj Mohammad’s elder brother Ghulam Mohammad Gama
was an illustrious freedom fighter in Peshawar. And that’s how Taj
Mohammad got involved.
“Both Taj and I were around the same
age. We used to be popular teenage public speakers. Both of us got
arrested,” said Singh, a Congress member who once worked closely
with former prime minister Indira Gandhi and accompanied her during
“After matriculation I moved to Lahore
and there I revived the Quit India movement among the students. I
was arrested in Lahore and finally I was exiled from Punjab. So I
came back to Peshawar.”
“Taj was born and brought up in
Peshawar. They had a business in Qissa Khwani Bazaar. It is still
the main maret in Peshawar. We carried on the Quit India movement.
Taj Mohammad and Ghulam Mohammad were prominent participants in the
Singh said that after independence,
Shah Rukh’s father was one of the few Muslims who decided to leave
Pakistan and settle in India.
“After independence, I came to Delhi.
Incidentally Taj also came to Delhi. He was one of the few Muslims
who migrated to India from Pakistan.
“The Shiv Sena and Bal Thackeray had
nothing to do with the freedom struggle and they are asking Shah
Rukh to go back to Pakistan. It’s very shameful for Shiv Sena
leaders. They are saying it because he is a Muslim. I think we all
Indians owe it to our freedom that the Shiv Sena should not get away
with such statements,” Trilochan Singh told IANS.
Singh is not too active in politics
any more and is more involved in cultural activities. He is the
secretary of Heritage Society of India and also chairman of the
Dr.Shroff Charity Eye Hospital in Darya Ganj.
(Arpana can be contacted