Batting for greater harmony between people in the sub-continent, Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan said, governments were best left to their own “agendas”. He was interacting with the media after being conferred an honorary Doctorate of Arts by Bedfordshire University, on Friday
“We belong to – I know it’s a bit of a cliche but – one world. Specifically I think, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, all of us, we’re the same. I really believe we are the same,” said Khan.
The top British university conferred the doctorate on Khan for his “exceptional achievement as a film actor and producer”.
An Indian NGO called Routes 2 Roots, which works to bring South Asians together, had proposed for the doctorate to be conferred on Khan, who enjoys immense popularity amongst the South Asian people.
Reflecting finer points of an inclusive society that India is, Khan said: “My mother is from Hyderabad in India and father is from Peshawar (now in Pakistan). So I do believe in this (unity).
Earlier, while making his acceptance speech, the actor said: “While this honour is bestowed on me, I wonder if the deserving but poor and underprivileged children from India can also pursue their higher education in such universities and maybe earn a doctorate as well.”
“This thought has been weighing heavily on my mind and I am hopeful that I would be able to contribute to this cause in the future,” he added.