Speaking about the hullabaloos in the country regarding his article, SRK said, "Nowhere does the article state or imply that I feel unsafe, troubled or disturbed in India... I would like to tell all those who are offering me unsolicited advice that we in India are extremely safe and happy." [Read: SRK's full statement and watch video]
Addressing the media, SRK on Tuesday, Jan 29 also added, "The reason for this primarily is....I think some of the people have not even read it and are reacting to comments of people, who in turn have also not read it. So I implore you all to first read it."
SRK's reactions surfaced following Rehman Malik's statement where he had 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."
"I would like to request all Indian brothers and sisters and all those who are talking in a negative way about Shahrukh, they should know he is a movie star," added Malik.
The superstar recently had penned his experiences in a magazine sharing the difficulties as a Muslim in the post-9/11 world. Sharing his experience, the star 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."
Malik's statement enraged all Indians including Union Home Secretary RK Singh who was quoted as saying, "We are capable of looking at the security of our own citizens. Let him (Rehman Malik) worry about his own."Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut also said, "It's better if Malik does not meddle in our affairs. SRK should be given security or not is to be decided by us not Pakistan."
Chief of Jamiat Ulema-I-Hind, Mahmood Madani said, "It is better to die than to live a life with the support of Pakistan."
"What is Rehman Malik's problem? He is a loudmouth who flip flops on statements," added Madani whose group had opposed the creation of a separate Muslim state of Pakistan.