The Ministry of External Affairs over-reacted on the SRK episode. This was not a diplomatic incident for the MEA to call in the DCM of the American embassy and to make a demarche. The decision was probably taken by the political leadership with an eye on the domestic opinion. These are testy times in Indian politics and the government is edgy that some opposition guys may call it ‘spineless’.
I first thought SRK’s problem has something to do with his name, religion and/or ethnicity. But apparently that isn’t the case. Amir Khan says he never had any such problem with the US immigration. How come? The logical explanation seems to be the calm opinion by Irfan Khan — “This is system’s ignorance.”
Or else, do you think the Americans would ever do such a ghastly thing knowingly to someone who travelled in Mukesh Ambani’s private plane? Think it over.
There is a point in what Irfan said — and I say this not because I’m a great fan of this talented actor. But, look at how shabbily former US vice-president Al-Gore was once treated. Can’t be that Al-Gore was mistaken to be a Muslim? Plainly put, there was a ‘system failure’, as Irfan pointed out, and Al-Gore gracefully took the slight. SRK too should have.
At any rate, there is no need for all 1100 million of us to get into a patriotic frenzy. The world will only laugh at us if we act so silly as a nation. SRK may be an iconic figure in our country but for the US immigration, he is an incoming foreigner. Period. By the way, after repeated insults, why does he want to visit the US again? Last time in 2009 he vowed never to visit the US again. But he broke his vow as easily as those many vows he reportedly took to quit smoking.
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– April 13, 2012