The controversy around Salman Khan’s statement on non-involvement of Pakistan in the 26/11 Mumbai blasts refuses to die down, with Salman now planning to quit microblogging site Twitter.
On Monday morning, a distressed Salman tweeted, “Looks like I mite hv to get off twitter. Don’t want to but wat to do? I think I messed up, so sorry guys, sorry bolne mein koi sharam nahi (sic)”. Interestingly, this was followed by a tweet thanking the site. ‘Jisne twitter banaya usko dhanyawaad, aur twitter ke adarniya sadasyo ko pranaam. Hum saath saath haiiiiii...’.
Salman’s decision to quit Twitter has not found support, with industry-wallahs insisting he should stand his ground. “He should hang around, savour his success, answer those who criticise him and put across his point of view. From when did it become a crime to hold a politically incorrect point of view?” says film-maker Pritish Nandy. Adman Prahlad Kakkar feels, “Salman should not quit Twitter as it is a platform for free expression. You don’t get misquoted on it. Also, taking Salman seriously on a political statement he made is stupid. I am sure he didn’t mean to hurt anyone. Because he was giving the interview to a Pakistani channel, he had to be polite to them.”
Salman Khan’s father, Salim Khan, is unaware of his son’s decision, but says, “Yes, he made a mistake. He is not a political person. That does not mean you say things like, ‘Aap Pakistan chale jaao.’ He loves his country.” On Sunday, Salman uploaded a video on YouTube, apologising for the statement.