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Should Pakistani cricketers be allowed to play in India?

A Bollywood film featuring Shah Rukh Khan has opened amid tight security after the star said he regretted that no Pakistani cricketers had been picked for an Indian Premier League tournament. Do you support his views?

More than 1,800 people have been arrested at protests against 'My Name is Khan', the actor's latest film which will initiallly only be shown at 63 venues.

Khan's comments have angered the hardline Hindu party, Shiv Sena and two small cinemas have already been attacked in Mumbai and posters burned in protest.

Are you in India? What's your reaction to Shah Rukh Khan's comments? Should cricket be a political issue in India?

Tight security as Khan film opens in Mumbai amid row

Published: Friday, 12 February, 2010, 11:15 GMT 11:15 UK

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Added: Friday, 12 February, 2010, 21:40 GMT 21:40 UK

These incidents have shown, how Indian politics, media and even the mighty Bollywood is helpless in front of Hindu Fundamentalists.

Asad, London

You MISERABLY FAILED to notice that India govt. provided security to allow screening and kept the extremists in check.

What has pakistan done recently?

Indian

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Added: Friday, 12 February, 2010, 21:35 GMT 21:35 UK

David, Chennai-16:02
Indian Indian, India-14:09
N R, United Kingdom-14:08-all on 12 Feb:


I know that Mr. Khan is owner of ‘Knight Riders’ but BBC story and CONTEXT is about 'My Name is Khan' so I have only mentioned his Bollywood status!

Why didn't he bid for Pakistani players?! Ah ha!

If a SINGLE person dies due to his comments he should be arrested by Indian police as his comments are detrimental to social harmony and order and a cheap publicity stunt! He'll go Sanjay Dutt's way!!

Just A Comment, Here & There and Now & Then

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Added: Friday, 12 February, 2010, 21:33 GMT 21:33 UK

…what would happen if… Indian sportsman were banned ….. There would be bans…. Mandela speech thrown in….. racism is alive and well in India
time waster

If India deserved a ban then they will be banned. Is Pakistan being banned?

Btw, we have Gandhi. Why borrow from Mandela?

You mean racism since 26/11? cos Pak players were there for IPL-1.

What about Pak shielding and abetting Hafiz Sayed and his like? I suppose that’s all right since they work for the greater good of the brethren.

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Added: Friday, 12 February, 2010, 21:24 GMT 21:24 UK

This is nothing to do with Mumbai or Pakistani players. This is the anti-muslim agenda of Shiv sena who is bullying everyone around into a frenzy against SRK who just happened to echo sentiments of all cricket lovers. In 2006 when Amir Khan supported the plight of poor people who were at risk of losing their homes because of a new Narmada dam in Gujarat, simlar scenes were orchestrated by Mr. Modi's BJP party chums against his film Fanaa. Free speech? Democracy? Wake up people.

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Added: Friday, 12 February, 2010, 21:16 GMT 21:16 UK

I find it absurd to call Shiv Sena a "regional party". If they are not fundamentalists who are? I guess the word "fundamentalist" is only reserved for Muslims.

Himu, New York

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Added: Friday, 12 February, 2010, 20:51 GMT 20:51 UK

Of course they should. It might even bring about trust between the two rival countries.

nya, US

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Added: Friday, 12 February, 2010, 20:51 GMT 20:51 UK

i have a question for those who say...cricket will bring two countries closer...

after pakistani players were not selected by any franchise...a leading pakistani cricketer sohail tanveer remarked on national television of pakistan..."this showed the mentality of hindus"...leading journalist and show hosts added to it by openly making rash remarks about hindus.

if this is the situation with leading pakistani cricketer who till last year made his money in the indian league...

EXPLAIN how?

hars, mumbai

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Added: Friday, 12 February, 2010, 20:50 GMT 20:50 UK

India is a country of many castes and religions. Religious sentiments should be taken into consideration before passing any comment as Shiv sena in Mumbai is known to dislike pro-Pakistan actors. The timing of the comment of Mr.Khan is wrong.
Intentions are to not drag politics in sports. After the brutal attack and killing at five star hotels and around by pakistani terrorists followed the non co-operative nature of Pakistani Government has left a very bad taste in Mumbai peoples mouth.

Rajeev Batra, Mumbai,India

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Added: Friday, 12 February, 2010, 20:47 GMT 20:47 UK

Maybe Khan should emigrate to his beloved Pakistan, as the deep muslim affinty is obviously rapacious. A true Indian would feel the pain of the Mumbai attacks especially when the Pakistani govt refuses to take responsibility.

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Added: Friday, 12 February, 2010, 20:46 GMT 20:46 UK

A classic example of sticky wicket syndrome.

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Added: Friday, 12 February, 2010, 20:44 GMT 20:44 UK

contd....

also his claims that pak players should have been included are kind of bogus considering that his team first asked for pakistani players to be included in the auction and within 2 weeks he backed out...what changed?

saying that they should have been included is shallow but unfortunately the unwise show put up by SS actually put his action into background and actually benefitted him.

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Added: Friday, 12 February, 2010, 20:43 GMT 20:43 UK

This is the party who want to grab power with nothing to give. an 80+ years old is trying to demand some thing which is anti cricket and all others are trying to oppose him.I and lots of others are against this attack as they think they are India and they do not like people from UP and Bihar. and some of the people from Delhi. They are small tribal people and do not want to give to anything.We will not give this party any influence over our lives.

P.Barman, Menlo Park, USA

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Added: Friday, 12 February, 2010, 20:41 GMT 20:41 UK

the comment by SRK which actually upset shiv sena was NOT about including pakistani players...it was his assertion that...'pakistan is a great neighbour' and his mention that he has sympathy because his family is originally from pakistan

putting these comments in the context of mumbai blasts of 2006 and 26/11 and total non coperation/ denial by pakistan in apprehending the culprits...i dont support violence by hindu parties but i diagree with mr.khan...i think he did not stand up for mumbai.

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Added: Friday, 12 February, 2010, 20:37 GMT 20:37 UK

Sports, music and more, are some of the areas where mankind has a common denominator. Fundamentalists, not necessarily the notoriously violent ones, are determined to destroy any form of unity among the peoples of the world. The frenzy seems to be worsening. Shiv sena is no better than al qaida or any other terrorist group.
Kudos to Shahrukh Khan for using his stature as a famous person on both sides of the Indo/Pak border to speak out against hatred and intolerance. Takes guts!

Ivan Bawa, HOUSTON, United States

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Added: Friday, 12 February, 2010, 20:16 GMT 20:16 UK

Sports and movies are played without any borders.Pakistani players if they want to play in India and if actors want to act in India,India is allowing much more than what Pakistan allows.This comment if did not come out from Sah Rukh Khan, would have been taken differently.Also he is the part owner of one of the premier League.At the same time you see Pakistani actros playing and working with Bollywood without restrictions.Because his name is Khan, he is in trouble.No political issue.

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