Why Are We Trolling Shah Rukh Khan for Celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi?

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Why Are We Trolling Shah Rukh Khan for Celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi?

It should come as no surprise by now that a certain section of this country is highly intolerant, and that most of this intolerance spills over onto social media platforms. Still one wouldn’t expect that hate to be directed at one of the biggest stars in the country. On Sunday, actor Shah Rukh Khan inexplicably became a target for trolls on Instagram, after putting up a black-and-white picture of himself, with a teeka highlighted in red, in celebration of Ganeshotsav.

 

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Prayers and visarjan done… This #GaneshChaturthi, may Lord Ganesha bestow upon you and your loved ones, blessings and happiness… Ganpati Bappa Morya!

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“Prayers and visarjan done… This Ganesh Chaturthi, may Lord Ganesha bestow upon you and your loved ones, blessings and happiness… Ganpati Bappa Morya,” the actor wrote in his caption.

Hours later, however, a number of the hateful comments appeared under the picture, with many questioning why he was celebrating a Hindu festival despite being Muslim.

A few commenters rallied to the actor’s defence, reminding the trolls that the actor was married to a Hindu, and that he celebrates all the festivals of India with equal fervour. The actor himself was quoted back in January as saying that he was Muslim, his wife was Hindu, and his children were “Hindustan” after hosting a TV show on Republic Day.

Still year after year, similar hateful comments continue to crop up. Khan was trolled for his Ganesh Chaturthi post in 2019 as well, and again a few months later, when he posted a picture of himself celebrating Diwali.

A year prior to that, a picture of his, AbRam, praying to an idol of Lord Ganesh was subjected to hateful comments. And once again last month he was trolled for a picture of his son celebrating Eid.

Thankfully, better sense has prevailed and most of these trolls were shut down by fans of the actor. But what does it really say about our country that one of the most iconic figures isn’t allowed to celebrate an Indian festival in peace?

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