The recent ‘Pak-Bahu’ controversy sparked by BJP MP K. Laxman bought along with it, a massive load of moronic comments and assumptions.
BJP’s K. Laxman objected to Sania Mirza being the state ambassador for Telangana, because she had the blot of being a “daughter-in-law of Pakistan”.
Personally, I feel that there is nothing wrong in it, since Sania has won many a laurels and made India proud time and time again. She is a role model, and rightly so, to millions of Indian girls. It is also extremely stupid and patriarchal, because Sania is an individual in her own right and being a daughter-in-law of so and so does not define her.
Though I also feel, the state ambassador should be someone who has worked for the cause of Telengana. But that is a different story altogether.
However what irked me more than Mr. Laxman’s statement was the nature of some of the comments.
A lot of the comments that poured in on the social media portals, discussed how a Hindu ambassador would have been wholeheartedly accepted, and there would have been no problem if Sania was married to a Hindu.
Even Taslima Nasreen, a woman I highly respect, tweeted, “What if Sania Mirza was an Indian Hindu girl&married 2 a Pakistani Hindu man?Then OK? Is it more of an India-Pak issue or Hindu-Muslim issue? (sic)”
Haven’t we wholeheartedly accepted Shahrukh Khan as the brand ambassador for West Bengal?
What makes people think Muslims aren’t accepted and treated as equals in India?
We’ve had Muslims captain our cricket team, and Muslims have dominated Indian cinema right from Yusuf Khan alias Dilip Kumar and Nargis to SRK, Aamir, Salman and Katrina Kaif.
Hindu girls marry the photos of Shahrukh and young Hindu boys grow up idolising Irfan Pathan and Zaheer Khan. Muslim soldiers occupy high ranks in the Indian Army. Ask any Malayalee boy of any denomination, and he’ll tell you he lusts for Nazriya Nazim.
It is then absurd and absolutely baseless to assume that Muslims aren’t loved by the masses of India.
Yes, we aren’t very fond of Pakistan, and we have ample reasons for that. But does that necessarily translates to hating all Muslims?
India and Pakistan should never be confused with Hindu Muslim. This isn’t 1947. Period.
And these moronic stereotypes are not just confined to India, but also proliferate in the other side of the border.
Sania’s hubby dear, Shoaib Malik, once made an appalling remark, at the post-match presentation of the inaugural ICC T20 World Cup in 2007. After India beat Pakistan in the historic match, Shoaib apologised to the “awaam” of Pakistan, Pakistanis living abroad and all the Muslims in the world.
Was he blind enough not to notice Irfan and Yusuf standing in the opposition team? Did he not to know that since that tournament coincided with Ramzan, Indian Musalmaans read special taraabis for India’s win? Millions of young Muslim boys (and girls) made special dua’as for Yuvraj and Gambhir?
How could he so blatantly assume that all Muslims in the world will support Pakistan? Statistically speaking, there isn’t a huge difference in the Muslim population of India and Pakistan. And yes, to be honest a fraction of the Indian Muslim population does support Pakistan in the cricket matches, but they do not constitute all of the 177 million Indian Muslims.
When Mohammad Azharuddin was accused of match-fixing, he claimed that he was being targeted because of his religion. Then why was Ajay Jadeja accused? How come we never banned Pataudi?
Unfortunately in India, it is extremely convenient for the minorities, to play the victim card.
Another very strong stereotype trending these days is, if you are a Modi/BJP supporter then you are communal and anti-Muslim.
I say, it’s crap. I am a BJP-supporter and my best friend is a Muslim. And yes, both things can co-exist, as I am changing neither.
Indian Hindus need to understand that all Muslims are not Pakistanis, and Indian Muslims need to understand that if we hate Pakistan, it does not mean we hate you.