Friends Stopped Talking To Me Because of My Religion: Irrfan Khan’s Son

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Irrfan Khan and his son Babil Khan

Babil Khan warned the right-wing trolls that he would break their nose if they dared call him to “go to Pakistan” and brand him “anti-national”

Waquar Hasan | Clarion India

NEW DELHI – Three months after the death of Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, his son Babil Khan on Wednesday said that his friends stopped talking to him because he belonged to a certain religion and he was scared to talk about the present regime, as it could end his career.

In a series of posts on the social media site Instagram, he expressed his anger over the religious division and discrimination that he felt or went through in the country.

“Our beautiful secular India’s sudden relapse of religious divide is honestly getting scary. I have friends that have stopped communicating with me because I am of a certain religion. I miss my friends; my Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, human friends…I love India, don’t you dare call me anti-nationalist. I promise you, I am a boxer, I will break your nose,” said Babil, an aspiring actor.

He spoke about religious discrimination by citing that the mandatory Eid holiday was cancelled on Friday while the Raksha Bandhan holiday had been given an official nod. Making sarcastic comments on the cancellation of the Eid holidays, he said that he would celebrate the Friday Eid on Saturday.

He blamed the present regime without naming the government for all the wrongs happening with him in the country.

“Can’t even post anything about how I feel about the people in power without my whole f**king team telling me that it might end my career. I am scared, I am afraid. I don’t want to be. I don’t want to be judged by my religion. I am not my religion, I am a human being, just like the rest of India,” he observed.

After making these comments, Babil, a student of cinema, warned the right-wing trolls that they dared not call him to “go to Pakistan” and brand him “anti-national.” Otherwise, he said, he would break their nose. He declared that he loved India so much so that whenever he went to London for his education, he couldn’t wait to come back home, take rickshaw rides and have paani puri at the Aksa beach.

In the recent past, some Muslim celebrities have been outspoken about the religious discrimination in India. Earlier, Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan had also stated about the religious discrimination rooted in the Indian society. He had said that denying house for rent to someone because of his religion was racism. He had made these comments when anti-racism protests were going on in the US.

Babil’s posts on the religious triggered a debate on social media about the deepening of religious hatred against Muslims in society. Netizens wonder that if Irrfan Khan’s son is facing this, what would be the situation of common Muslims.

“Just another glimpse of where we have come, what we have become,” said Priyanka Sharma.

“The abuses and discrimination against Irfan Khan’s son Babil because of his religion is just an example that even the privileged minorities aren’t spared of the communal hatred by the majority. The silence because of your privilege will just hurt you in the end.,” said Mehreen.

Also read:Discrimination Due to Faith is Racism as Well: Irfan Pathan

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