Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan joined sports celebrities Abhinav Bindra and Sania Mirza to show their solidarity against terror at a public event during when he dubbed terrorism a “religion of devils.” Bindra, an Olympic gold medalist in shooting event, said the country was just a “bomb away” and highlighted how it is facing a huge challenge to keep terror at bay.
King Khan while calling terrorism a religion of devils said, “While all civilised religions celebrate and respect life this new barbaric terror religion loves only death and unfortunately all human faiths now face a challenge.” Saluting India’s diverse culture and its uniqueness to absorb all differences, Khan said he was proud to be an Indian because “we are an impossible achievement in the world”.
“Indian civilization does not distinguish in terms of religion and it celebrates the uniqueness and absorbs all differences and faiths in its blood,” Shah Rukh said at the event organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs at the sprawling India Gate lawns. The hour-long event was held in memory of the victims and heroes of November 26 Mumbai attacks and terror attacks in other parts of the country.
“We are nearly a bomb away. I understand the sense of disparity but we can’t afford it and being a sportsman, I believe that life is all about winning,” Bindra said. Tennis star Sania Mirza evoked Rabindranath Tagore’s famous poem ‘Where The Mind is Without Fear’ to express her support for the fight against terrorism.
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, I and B Minister Ambika Soni, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, filmmaker Feroz Abbas Khan and actress Nandita Das were among others who attended the event.