“This is not Shah Rukh, but the Khan in him that’s saying all this. Let Shah Rukh go and stay in Lahore, Karachi or Islamabad. He is not needed in Mumbai. (Shiv Sena chief) Balasaheb has made it clear that Pakistani players wouldn’t be allowed to play in the IPL or set foot in Maharashtra,” Raut said.
Raut did not stop at that. He warned Shah Rukh not to defy the diktat of the Sena. “There will be dire consequences if Shah Rukh defies the orders of the Sena chief. Shah Rukh must think twice before speaking. This is Maharashtra and the Shiv Sena chief’s writ runs here,” he said.
Let’s count the ways this is insulting: 1) It brings up the age-old taunt that Indian Muslims suffer dual loyalties, and cannot be both patriotic and Muslim at the same time. 2) Basic rule #1 of “rule of law” — it’s a government of law, not of men. Thackeray — an unelected official, by the way — isn’t some Maratha dictator who can close the borders. 3) So obsequious and embarrassing, no? Especially given that the Shiv Sena isn’t in the majority government in MH right now.