3 Nov, 2015
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan said on Monday there was “extreme intolerance” in India, touching upon a heated debate at a time a section of writers and intellectuals have launched a protest against the central government over ‘growing religious tension’.
“People put words in the air even before thinking,” Khan said at a Twitter town hall organised by a media house as the star turned 50. “Intolerance religiously…not being secular in this country is the worst crime you can do as a patriot.”
His comments came at a time a debate has erupted over ‘growing intolerance’, with many writers and filmmakers returning awards they received to protest against the government’s alleged failure to protect the secular fabric in the country and safeguard dissenters.