Recent events have illuminated the contrasting responses within Hindu communities towards two prominent figures, Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan and Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister’s successor and Minister, Udayanidhi Stalin.
The controversy erupted when Stalin made controversial remarks about Sanatana Dharma, resulting in police cases and some individuals offering rewards for information about him. Comparing the majority-practiced religion to diseases like dengue and malaria was widely considered offensive, and despite facing backlash, Stalin remained unapologetic.
In stark contrast, Shah Rukh Khan exemplifies tolerance and respect for diverse religious beliefs. As a Muslim, he gained admiration for not only practicing great tolerance but also setting an example for his children. His recent visits to Hindu temples for blessings ahead of his film releases, like Vaishno Devi and Lord Venkateswara Swamy, were positively received.
While some criticize figures like Stalin for their comments on orthodoxy, Shah Rukh Khan’s actions showcase his deep respect for different faiths and cultures. These actions resonate with many, and his popularity continues to rise, contrasting with the controversy surrounding Stalin and its impact on the Sun Next app.