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Is India overreacting?
Actor Shah Rukh Khan’s detention at an airport in the US has outraged politicians, actors and his fans in the country. But is everyone going overboard?
August 16, 2009 2:50 by Aarti Nagraj
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s detention at an airport in the US has angered people in India so much that some of them are even planning to hold a protest in Delhi, reports the Associated Press. Khan apparently said that he felt “angry and humiliated” by the experience.
The Indian federal information minister, Ambika Soni, said that India should adopt a similar policy toward Americans traveling to the country, and actress Priyanka Chopra tweeted that the incident was “Shocking, disturbing and downright disgraceful.”
US customs officials however told the AP that Khan was only questioned as part of a routine process, and that he was not detained; “[...] it took a little longer because his bag was lost by the airline,” said spokesman Elmer Camacho.
Are people in India reacting too strongly? Are custom officials expected to keep track of celebrities from every country in the world? Would airport officials in the Netherlands recognize Nancy Ajram?