Kick actor is facing a lot flak from Tamil groups for his recent visit to Sri Lanka where he met with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Salman Khan has a knack of getting sucked into needless controversies. The Kick actor seems to have attracted yet another controversy when he met with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his recent visit to Sri Lanka. If you jog your memory a little, you will remember the magnitude of hue and cry that was spread across Tamil Nadu when LTTE cheif Prabhakaran, who was fighting for Tamil rights in island country, was executed by Sri Lankan army on Rajapaksa's orders.
Salman Khan's visit to Srilanka also sparked rumours that he was campaigning for Rajapaksa in the upcoming presidential elections. This led to the agitation of various Tamil parties, and Tamil leader Vaiko pronounced Salman as traitor! While today, few protesters gathered in front of Salman's house, I give you 3 reasons why calling the B-town superstar a traitor is uncalled for:
Salman Khan went for charity work
He might be a superstar, but he is also one of the most humble actors in B-town. While his NGO, Being Human, has been doing some commendable charity work in the country, Khan revealed that he went to Sri Lanka to extend the good work of his charitable trust. In a quote, Salman clarified,“During d READY schedule in sri lanka v hd dn an eye camp there . while shooting KICK jacqueline told me if v do another eye camp in sri lanka i should visit her restaurant also. v did a camp this week and i kept my promise and went to jacqueline’s restaurant." The actor had donated 200 lenses to facilitate cataract operations in certain under-privileged areas in Sri Lanka. Instead of applauding his noble gesture, it is unreasonable to jump to the conclusion that Salman campaigned for Rajapaksa, just because they were clicked together.
Double standards of Tamil groups
I am a Tamilian and it certainly bothers me when I hear about Sri Lankan genocide where thousands of Tamils were allegedly killed. While it is right on the part of Tamil parties to demand for boycott of Sri Lanka, there reason for boycott seems flawed. Any life, be it Tamilian or Indian or any nationality, is precious. By just protesting because those who died in the genocide are Tamilians, is a very narrow minded approach by Tamil groups as they are see them as Tamils and not as humans. Where were these groups when many lost their lives in Assam Maoist attacks? Recently, when children were killed in Karachi, Salman deeply mourned for the departed innocent souls. At least the actor is doing what he could for the society and not showing double standards like fringe Tamil parties.
Salman Khan is an Indian, not Tamilian
Traitor is some who breaches trust and goes beyond the back to enemies camp. Calling Salman Khan a traitor is ridiculous, because a) Salman Khan is an Indian, and by meeting Rajapaksa he has done anything anti-national , b) Salman Khan is not a Tamilian. By going to Sri Lanka and shaking hands with President might have miffed Tamil supporters, but that doesn't mean that he is a traitor. Few feel he might have wronged Tamil sentiments, he has done nothing wrong against the national sentiments.
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