SRK asserts an Indian's right

Updated on Feb 13, 2008 03:49 AM IST
The Delhi-born film icon feels protests in the state against north Indians or 'outsiders' were political in nature.
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PTI | By, New Delhi

In the wake of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's tirade against north Indians in Maharashtra, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Tuesday said every Indian has the right to be anywhere in the country and make the nation proud.

The Delhi-born film icon, who made his billions in Mumbai, however, felt that the protests in Maharashtra against the presence of the so-called 'outsiders' (from north India) were political in nature.

"...I think everybody has the right to be anywhere in India and make the country proud," he said on the sidelines of a media conference called to announce his new game show on television.

Mumbai has been witnessing violence for the past few days after MNS chief Raj Thackeray's outburst against the presence of north Indians in the financial capital of the country.

King Khan said, "a lot of these issues... Are more political than personal and I would not take any offence personally and I think an educated Indian would not do that either."

He, however, voiced opposition to use of violence as a means of protest. "I am averse to any kind of angst, anger and violence.... That is sad, that's immensely sad."

Indians, he said, tend to over react leading to situations like the one that has developed in Mumbai. "I guess in our hearts we Indians are like this. We just over react and get into situations which perhaps we should not."

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