Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was subjected to a 2-hour interrogation at a US airport. It was something which created ripples in India, something that provoked Union Minister Ambika Soni to ask for a reciprocal arrangement and something which caused the Bollywood fraternity to come out in full support of SRK.
We would like to share what our surfers at Hindustantimes.com have to say on the treatment meted out to the King Khan.
Anguished Indian citizens and SRK fans all over the world are pouring in their comments at Hindustantimes.com, expressing their outrage and criticising the US of being biased towards Muslims. Also, there are a few who viewed it as a normal security drill.
"The way USA and the world treat a Muslim is a shame. If they can have their own rules then why can't we? Why is it that no one coming from a Western country is ever frisked? asks a furious Raj Sahi from the United Kingdom.
Another surfer, Sanjay Khan, proposes a tit for tat treatment for the American citizens, saying, "I request our Indian immigration dept to take photographs and finger prints of every American who enters India (except with NRIs). Tit for tat."
Khabir from Chennai terms the incident as "a total humiliation not only for SRK but the whole India. The man recently nominated as one of the world's top 50 powerful people..."
In April, former president APJ Abdul Kalam was frisked at the Indira Gandhi International Airport as he was boarding a flight of US carrier Continental Airlines.
An equally appalled Mohammed Maseehuddin From Saudi Arabia says, "Yes, American agencies deals based on your religious identity. Even our ex-President Kalam experienced this. Government of India should strongly condemn this type of behaviour from America with Indian citizens."
A multitude of our surfers term the questioning as 'indispensable', in the time when terrorism has emerged as a threat to peace and harmony in all parts of the world.
Papa Thyagarajan from Delhi says, "US has never discriminated with any caste. Security people were performing their duties and Shah Rukh Khan should cooperate with authorities and clear all doubts. In US everyone is equal and no special treatment is meant as in India to any so called VIP."
"So what's wrong with the US immigration official asking a person entering the country the "Purpose of Visit" and "Where he is going to stay in the country"? etc. These questions are asked to anyone who is entering US. And about the special 2-hour interview, that happens when someone behaves suspiciously. I wonder what Mr. Khan did to look suspicious. It's clearly a case where King Khan demanded respect while the officials were just doing their job, " says Slahuddin Ali from Mehsana.
"If we want to have a terrorist free world then we have to go through these security checks, it is unfortunate that the terrorist also use religion to further their cause so when someone is checked for security it should be irrespective of which religion he belongs or which royal family he comes from, the rule should be same for all after all we paid a heavy price in all the inhuman ways of terrorism against innocent people so we have to compromise our identity for the sake of security, " maintains Jeniffer Pinto from Marmagao.
Few surfers downplayed the hue and cry raised over the matter by SRK, terming it as a publicity stunt by the Bollywood icon for his upcoming flick, My name is Khan.
Navin P from United States of America avers, "To an American there is no difference between an ordinary person and SRK. What if someone has called in the security department before the flight was about to land at NY airport that there is someone by the last name Khan travelling and be careful. What do you think the security official will do? It can be a publicity stunt for his coming movie My Name is Khan."