India is a secular country. Meaning, a fount that purports to be officially neutral in all the matters of religion, supporting neither religion nor irreligion. Off late, India has been carrying the brunt of being called an ‘intolerant’ place to survive. On the contrary, most of our Muslim brothers and sisters have either made their millions here or worked towards uplifting the society at large, serving in some of the most critical positions. Now, where is the question of tolerance not being present in India?
Here are 10 Famous Muslim Celebs Who Prove That India is a Very Tolerant Country. They made their name and destiny in the most relaxed democracy of this world, either born, raised or migrated.
- Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
Who does not LOVE Kalam sir? A visionary who believed and envisioned a developed India. APJ is worshipped by millions in India regardless of time. The country as such wept loudly when our beloved Kalam sir passed away recently, in the most unexpected time and circumstance. Imagine the great man complaining about country not being tolerant and giving up half way. India has embraced him with open arms as his own mother and nurtured his skill for a better tomorrow.
- Aamir Khan
Perhaps the most sensational name today, Aamir Khan is one celebrity who evidently feels ‘not tolerated’ in India. One of the most successful stars of the country and an actively followed brand ambassador who propagates many national causes of great importance. If India were intolerant, Aamir Khan would have sunk in the oblivion during his struggling phase in the film industry, when he delivered flop after flop. We rest our case.
- Salman Khan
One of the most looked upon actors and human beings despite his many personal flaws, Salman Khan must be the only major Khan who has still not complained about country’s tolerance so far. Sallu Bhai is known for both his roller coaster journey of movies and turbulent relationships. Still, most Indians love him ‘unconditionally’, what with multiple charges of drunk and drive and murder cases at court and all.
- Shah Rukh Khan
The one and only King Khan revered by millions stated on his 50th birthday that there is a growing intolerance. A man who grew up with the masses and became a successful personality that world now looks at. This ‘Raju’ would have never become a ‘Gentleman’ if not for his countless Indian fans who come from many religions or none.
- A R Rahman
A once humble and modest assistant to Maestro Ilayaraja was recognised, lifted and showered success by millions of Indians, to fetch world recognition in the form of the Oscars and the like. Imagine if this country was really ‘intolerant’ and did not give him the much needed chance to be heard. He would have gone without a trace, still making jingles for ad commercials, going by his lately powerful ‘minority’ statements.
- Mohd Azharuddin
Azhar Bhai, as he is called still, was warmly embraced and encouraged in the game of cricket. He was loved for his ‘wristy’ shots and was propelled to captain the Indian cricket team. Azhar was picked ahead of the most contending ‘Hindu’ counterparts, solely based on his abilities. Need we say more?
- Irrfan Khan
The methodical actor who has no great looks but talent aplenty was willingly accepted as a lead actor despite the ongoing ‘better looking Khan’ fare in Bollywood. Where would all this have happened, if Irrfan was pushed aside as another ‘minority wannabe’?
- Emraan Hashmi
The kissing king has been well endured for his breakthrough soft porn phenomenon on Indian screens, going blatant in an unabashed fashion. The country continues to endure Hashmi, and even lately prayed in the temples and the Gurudwaras for his son’s quick recovery. We will be very grateful, if you do not say anything. Yet
- Javed Akhtar
Akhtar Saab has given us countless classics. We continue to listen to him, get inspired and move on with our lives. India calls Javed Akhtar a lyrical legend and a timeless poet. Aadab!
- Katrina Kaif
Half Muslim in her origin, Ms Kaif was not a great shot when she arrived in Mumbai to try her luck with films. In fact, Katrina could not even speak proper Hindi at first. India endured her many debacles and allowed her space and opportunities enough to shine. The rest is history.
These and many more, our famous and illustrious Muslim celebs will continue to get their fair share of prosperity in their very own great India. Still not happy? Well, nobody is stopping..