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I never said I feel unsafe in India: Shah Rukh Khan
Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, apparently sick of the 'unwarranted' controversy and spar between Pakistan and India over his security in the wake of his 'misunderstood and misquoted' article', 'Inside My Khanate', on Tuesday reiterated his patriotism and said that he felt safe in India.

Addressing the press conference, Khan said that his article, written recently for Outlook Turning Points, was being misquoted to create an “unnecessary controversy”. He clarified that he had never said that he felt unsafe in his country. He asserted that he was an Indian whose father fought for the freedom of India.

"To those offering unsolicited advice, let me say, we in India feel safe. They should read my article first," Khan told the reporters. Meanwhile, the Mumbai Police said on Tuesday that the actor Shah Rukh Khan was safe in the city.

Overall, it is a long, scholarly and well-written article. However, the isolated excerpts of the article, which seem to have led to the controversy, are as follows.

- I sometimes become the inadvertent object of political leaders who choose to make me a symbol of all that they think is wrong and unpatriotic about Muslims in India.

- There have been occasions when I have been accused of bearing allegiance to our neighboring nation rather than my own country - this even though I am an Indian whose father fought for the freedom of India.

- Rallies have been held where leaders have exhorted me to leave my home and return to what they refer to as my "original homeland".

- I gave my son and daughter names that could pass for generic (pan-Indian and pan-religious) ones: Aryan and Suhana. The Khan has been bequeathed by me so they can't really escape it. I pronounce it from my epiglottis when asked by Muslims and throw the Aryan as evidence of their race when non-Muslims enquire.

"Stereotyping and contextualizing is the way of the world we live in: a world in which definition has become central to security. We take comfort in defining phenomena, objects and people - with a limited amount of knowledge and along known parameters. The predictability that naturally arises from these definitions makes us feel secure within our own limitations," he had argued in his article.

I never knew that Shah Rukh Khan was a good analytical writer too!

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