Indian Film Star Refuses to Postpone Concert Despite Buddhist Monks' Threat of Self-Immolation

December 10, 2004


Wire Service: AP

On December 10, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "Indian film idol Shahrukh Khan said Friday his concert in Sri Lanka can't be postponed despite Buddhists monks' threats to set themselves on fire to protest the show, which coincides with the anniversary of a cleric's death. 'The timing maybe wrong. We will observe a two-minute silence in memory of Venerable Gangodawila Soma,' Khan said in a statement in Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo. Saturday's planned concert featuring Bollywood stars would come a day before the first anniversary of the death of Soma, who campaigned against Christian conversions of Buddhists. Buddhist monks have said the weekend should be reserved for religious observances and have vowed to launch protests to stop the show."