Government assures protection after SRK came under attack from Shiv
government Friday promised to protect Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh
Khan after he came under attack from the Shiv Sena for advocating
the cause of Pakistani cricketers in the Indian Premier League (IPL).....
Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray Saturday said Bollywood superstar Shah
Rukh Khan deserves Pakistan's highest civilian award, the Nishaan-E-Pakistan,
for supporting the inclusion of Pakistani cricketers in the IPL.
scathing editorial in Saturday's party mouthpiece Saamna, Thackeray
said that the "Khan" inside Shah Rukh Khan must be crushed by the "Har
Har Mahadev" war cry of the "Shivaji" inside the Hindus.
was an oblique reference to Chhatrapati Shivaji's killing of Bijapur
general Afzal Khan, sent by Sultan Adil Shah II of Bijapur in 1659,
at Pratapgad in Satara district of western Maharashtra.
Shiv Sena hit out at Shah Rukh Khan, also the Kolkata Knight Riders
co-owner, after he said he would have picked a Pakistani player for
the Indian Premier League matches if his team had a slot.
franchise owners did not bid for Pakistani players during the
auction for the IPL III, which has snowballed into a major spat
between the two countries.
editorial said that if "Shah Rukh wants to give a red carpet
treatment to Pakistani cricketers on the blood of innocent Indians
slain by Pakistani terrorists from Kashmir to Mumbai", then,
Thackeray warned, the Shiv Sena will never permit it.
pointed out that by supporting the cause of Pakistani players, Shah
Rukh has insulted the memory of the victims of the 26/11 Mumbai
terror attacks - for which Pakistan may confer the Nishaan-E-Pakistan
- but Indians will spit on him.
editorial further noted that nobody from the Congress has raised a
voice against Shah Rukh since he is considered close to Sonia
Thackeray wrote in his article that "since SRK has so much love for
the Pakistanis the Bollywood actor could appoint 26/11 terror
accused Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab as the captain of his Kolkata
Knight Riders team and Mohammed Afzal Guru (facing death penalty for
the 2001 attack on parliament) as the vice captain in the
forthcoming IPL matches".
this context, Thackeray praised Amitabh Bachchan for rejecting a
doctorate awarded by Queensland's Brisbane University, to protest
the attacks on Indians in Australia.
"This is true love for our country," he said.
related development, Congress state spokesman Hussain Dalwai wrote
to state Home Minister R.R. Patil demanding security for Shah Rukh's
forthcoming release "My Name Is Khan".
also urged Patil to ensure that those police officers who cannot
prevent violence or disruption of the movie within their respective
jurisdiction must be suspended.
Former chief minister and union Minister for Heavy Industries
Vilasrao Deshmukh Saturday criticized the Sena for its stand on Shah