Bengaluru: Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s speech on Kashmir has received scathing response by India.

The President expressed his sympathies to the people of Kashmir, for the Indian government’s “unilateral steps taken in recent times.”

He was obviously referring to the PM Modi’s brave decision to abrogate articles 370 and 35A in August last year.

In fact, he even compared the Kashmiri struggle to the Turkish fifth or struggle against foreign domination during World War 1.

While the Turkish President goes on extending his support to Pakistan on an issue, as reiterated by India, a purely internal affair, let’s shift our focus to the three khans of Bollywood – Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan.

But why do we concentrate on them and what is the correlation between the Khans and Turkey president’s statements?

Well, around 2 years ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited India. Israel and India share a very cordial relationship.

But when he was in India, the three khans refused to meet the Prime Minister.

While several Bollywood stars met Netanyahu and wife, the Bollywood starts in question gave it a miss, and were conspicuous by their absence.

As reported by the local media, the decision not to meet the Israeli PM was a mark of protest against persecution of the Palestinian people by Israelis.

But what’s more interesting, questionable and even reprehensible is that actor Aamir Khan met the Turkey President and shook hands with him.

Journalist Tarun Vijay has put out this tweet.


He has also questioned the move to boycott our most trusted friend but not having two thoughts about getting a photo clicked with the President and our worst critic ‘friends with our enemies’ and a despot.


Turkey had even made objectionable comments at the UNGA last year.

But these leaders refuse to acknowledge that India only paved a way for the people of Jammu and Kashmir to integrate with India on a social and emotional basis.

What is, perhaps more worrying than Turkey President’s reaction is the attitude of the Khans.