Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Because my name is Khan

There has been lot of news coming recently about Mr. Shah Rukh Khan being frisked by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officials.

Mr. Shahrukh Khan has alleged that he was detained, because of his name which came to the computer list, and was questioned for about two hours. He has also said that the kind of questions that were asked were irrelevant. And the media seems to have raised this matter out of proportion. As if they don't have anything else to show for. Through his recent media interviews and actions it seems that the veteran actor could not find any better way to promote his upcoming film.

After the 9/11, U.S. government has adopted stringent security measures which involves checking all the passengers irrespective of their background. In response to this incident, some of our senior ministers has suggested that India should also adopt the same frisking policy against all Americans. We should consider the fact that, U.S. is the only country which has been able to prevent themselves from any major terrorist attack after 9/11, because of their high class security standards. Later on, it has been clarified by the U.S. airport authorities that it was not a detention but he was sent out to a separate room for secondary check. Instead of starting a blame game, we should adopt modern security standards across all airports and public places which are prone to terror attacks and set an example. infront of others. Last month, when our ex-president Mr. Kalam was frisked, by US airline which is against our policy. such kind of incident was uncalled for, For which the anger is justified. But for the incident such as this, we are helding ourselves down.

"First they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up, because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me."

Every one of us are same, and we should learn to live in harmony and make this world a better place to live in.

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