Shah Rukh Khan's Outlook Magazine Article/Column Creates National Uproar

In a strange and bizarre turn of events, Shah Rukh Khan's special column written for the Outlook Turning Points Magazine (Special Agenda 2013) in association with The New York Times newspaper has created a sorts of national uproar in India and a cross border war of words between Indian and Pakistani politicians.

For the special edition of the Outlook Magazine, SRK was invited to write an opinion column on what it means to be a Muslim in India and globally post 9/11. Shahrukh Khan's Outlook Magazine Column is titled:

"Being a Khan: What it means to be a Muslim in the post-9/11 world. And what India means for the world as a Muslim power."

Shah Rukh Khan's Outlook Magazine Cover - Being a Khan

In Shahrukh Khan's Outlook Magazine Article he writes:

"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 neighbouring nation rather 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 and return to what they refer to as my original homeland.

I gave my son and daughter names that could pass for generic (pan-India and pan-religious) ones - Aryan and Suhana. The Khan has been bequeathed by me so they can't really escape it. I pronounce it with my epiglottis when asked by Muslims and throw the Aryan as evidence of their race when non-Muslims enquire. I imagine this will prevent my offspring from receiving unwarranted eviction orders or random fatwas in the future.

I became so sick of being mistaken for some crazed terrorist who co-incidentally carries the same name as 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 promote the film in America for the first time."

SRK further writes:

"My first learning of Islam from my father was to respect women and children and to uphold the dignity of every human being. I learnt that the property and decency of others, their points of view, their beliefs, their philosophies and their religions were due as much respect as my own and ought to be accepted with an open mind. I learnt to believe in the power and benevolence of Allah, and to be gentle and kind to my fellow human beings, to give of myself to those less privileged than me and to live a life full of happiness, joy, laughter and fun without impinging on anybody else's freedom to live the same way.

The living of my life has enabled me to be deeply touched by the love of millions of Indians.

Beneath the guise of my superstardom, I am an ordinary man. My Islamic stock does not conflict with that of my Hindu wife's. The only disagreement I have with Gauri concerns the colour of the walls in our living room and not about the locations of the walls demarcating temples from mosques in India."

Despite SRK firmly reaffirming his allegiance to and patriotism and love for his country India in his column, a Pakistani politician called Hafiz Saeed strangely commented that SRK "can move to Pakistan if he does not feel safe in India."

Then came the odd comments of Pakistan's interior minister Rehman Malik, who said that "India should provide security to SRK."

These two comments have created an uproar in India. Articles have been written in some Indian media outlets that strangely bash SRK for the words of Pakistani politicians. Social networking sites are abuzz with the matter, with some people even more strangely asking SRK to comment/apologize for his column and for what the Pakistani politicians have said.

SRK's fans and friends have also come out in droves from India and around the world on social networking sites, supporting SRK and condemning the "defamatory" articles by some Indian media outlets and comments by those who hate SRK. SRK has been trending on Twitter nonstop for more than 24 hours now. A source close to SRK was quoted as saying that SRK is very upset at the comments of the Pakistani politicians.

Indian politicians have also joined in, including India's home minister:

"We are quite capable of looking after security of our own citizens...let him (Malik) worry about security of his own." -RK Singh, India's home minister

"Rehman Malik's remark is condemnable and hilarious when you consider that everyday Pakistanis are killing each other. Muslims in India are totally secure. We don't need any compassion or support from Pakistan." -Maulana Khalid Rasheed

"SRK is a nationalist and a national icon, he should give a befitting reply to Pakistan." -Rajiv Pratap Rudy, BJP

"Its better if Malik does not meddle in our affairs. SRK should be given security or not is to be decided by us not Pakistan." -Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena

"According to our constitution, all are equal. As for Malik, he should think about securing minorities in Pakistan first."

Pictures of Salman Khan & Family at The 'Being Human' Store Launch

Superstar philanthropist Salman Khan, and Manish Mandhana, Managing Director, Mandhana Industries Limited today announced the launch of the flagship ‘Being Human’ store in India. This 4,000 sqft flagship store, located at Linking Road, is in addition to the existing exclusive brand outlets in Mumbai (R-City, Ghatkopar and Phoenix Market City, Kurla), Ludhiana and Ahmedabad.

The ‘Being Human’ brand uniquely combines fashion with a humanitarian cause, setting it apart from other fashion offerings. As an effort towards sustainability, organic cotton will also be used in the composition of our merchandise. The products on offer include high quality casual-wear created in line with latest global trends. Clothes for men include T-shirts, shirts, shorts, denims and chinos. Women can soon choose from an exciting range of t-shirts, shorts, denims, tops and dresses. The women’s and children’s lines will be launched in March.

For more information about Being Human Clothing, visit www.beinghumanclothing.com

Pictures of Salman Khan and Family at The Launch of 'Being Human' Clothing Store at Bandra, Mumbai

Salman Khan at being human store launch

Salman Khan lights the ceremonial lamp at the launch of Being Human Store

Sohail Khan With Wife and Children/Sons and Atul Agnihotri's Daughter Alizeh (L), Salman Khan's Niece Alizeh Agnihotri

Salman Khan's Mother Salma at the Being Human Store Launch

Sohail Khan and Sister Arpita at Salman Khan's Being Human Store Launch

Salman Khan and Mandira Bedi at the Being Human Store Launch

Arbaaz Khan With Son Arhaan and Malaika Arora Khan

Salman Khan at The 'Being Human' Store Launch

Salman Khan and Family at The 'Being Human' Store Launch

Sohail Khan, Arpita, Alvira, Atul Agnihotri and Arbaaz Khan at The 'Being Human' Store Launch

Sohail Khan With Wife and children at Salman Khan's 'Being Human' store launch

Salman Khan's Sister Alvira and Husband Atul Agnihotri at Salman Khan's 'Being Human' store launch

Salman Khan's Sisters Alvira and Arpita with Atul Agnihotri and Arbaaz Khan at Salman Khan's 'Being Human' store launch

Malaika Arora Khan with her son Arhaan and sister Amrita Arora Ladak at The 'Being Human' Store Launch

Malaika Arora Khan with Husband Arbaaz Khan at The 'Being Human' Store Launch





Mandhana Industries have entered into an exclusive worldwide licensing arrangement with Being Human-The Salman Khan Foundation, to design, manufacture, retail and distribute ‘Being Human’ fashion apparel. The royalties received on the sale of this fashion line will go to support the education and healthcare initiatives of the Foundation.

Six months ago, the ‘Being Human’ fashion line was successfully launched in the world’s fashion capital Paris, through the shop-in-shop concept across 100 stores. This was followed by a massive launch of a 120 stores across Middle-East through fashion and lifestyle retailers Splash and Iconic of Landmark group.

Commenting on the launch, Salman Khan, the Founder of ‘Being Human’ said, “From a T-shirt, Being Human has now grown into a full clothing line with its own stores. I’m touched at the love people have shown for this brand and I invite them to buy original Being Human clothing from our stores or from select Shoppers Stop, Lifestyle, Splash and Jade Blue outlets.”

Manish Mandhana, Managing Director, Mandhana Industries Limited added, “Our offerings have received a fabulous response in the UAE and French markets. We are very excited to be associated with ‘Being Human- The Salman Khan Foundation’ and are all set to extend a unique lifestyle option to Indian and global consumers who are looking at contributing to their community in some way. ”

The ‘Being Human’ brand uniquely combines fashion with a humanitarian cause, setting it apart from other fashion offerings. As an effort towards sustainability, organic cotton will also be used in the composition of our merchandise. The products on offer include high quality casual-wear created in line with latest global trends. Clothes for men include T-shirts, shirts, shorts, denims and chinos. Women can soon choose from an exciting range of t-shirts, shorts, denims, tops and dresses. The women’s and children’s lines will be launched in March.

In India, Mandhana Industries Limited retail products are available across 30 large-format outlets including Shoppers Stop, Lifestyle, Splash, Jadeblue amongst others and there are plans to add 30 more shop-in-shop selling points to their overall portfolio. Globally, Mandhana Industries Limited has around 300 selling points as on date and will add another 80 by March 2013.

About BEING HUMAN CLOTHING

Mandhana Industries is the global licensee for Being Human clothing. In a unique licensing arrangement with Being Human-The Salman Khan Foundation, Mandhana Industries has brought out a clothing line with a heart where royalties from the clothing line support education and healthcare initiatives of the Foundation. With an exclusive worldwide license to design, manufacture, retail and distribute Being Human clothing, Mandhana Industries offers to its customers, a world –class fashionable product coupled with the satisfaction of doing good.

Being Human clothing is available in France, Spain, Belgium, UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon and Qatar. Being Human European distribution is set up in Bordeaux, France and is servicing around 120 selling points. With its first time participation in the trade fair who’s next in France it is already rated as the top 15 brands to look out for.

Mandhana Industries has envisioned Being Human Clothing as a global brand that encompasses within the best of Global fashion, quality and the satisfaction of getting attached to and contributing to humanity. For more information about Being Human Clothing, visit us at www.beinghumanclothing.com

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