Tarek Fatah, a famous writer opens up on Dangal girl Zaira Wasim


Tarek Fatah

Tarek Fatah spoke to Pradip Bhandari, the Founder of Jan Ki Baat, about Zaira Wasim, the young actress who hails from Kashmir. Fateh claims that the whole controversy rested on a theological basis; A maulavi who appeared as a guest on his show disproved of Muslim girls as wrestlers, even on the silver screen. The rest of India, Haryana and UP, too are participants of this systemized discrimination against women, according to Fatah, and the gradual Saudization of Indian Muslims is a testimony of such a system. The lack of support from Muslim community arises out of the fear of them being labelled as Kafir’s, the only requirement for killing another Muslim under Sharia Law. Fatah invokes the Uniform Civil Code debate to point at the flaws of the Muslim personal family laws; Bhagvad Gita, Quran and Bible cannot be the basis of the Constitution or Law of a secular society. The issuance of fatwas by certain Muslim leaders has shacked the entire community into a fearful existence. Fatah also talked about the Indian psyche and its distorted perception of a Muslim citizen. Lack of representable leadership within and for the Muslim community has posed a lot of problems, in Fateh’s book.

Zaira Wasim, the actress who plays the young Geeta Phogat in Dangal, has issued an apology via a social networking site. The cause behind her apology has been debated upon. The J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called her an inspiration for the youth and after pictures of the two’s meeting surfaced on the internet, many responded by showcasing their anger on social media. The anger resulted from Mufti’s attempt to politicize Wasim’s individual achievements.

The latter part of her apology, “Im being projected as role model for the kashmiri youth. I want to make very clear that I do not want anyone to follow in my footsteps or even consider me a role model”, has sparked a series of responses, about the cause behind her “open confession/apology”.


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Pradip Bhandari
Pradip Bhandari is the recipient of young leader award 2014 in the largest Indian Model Youth Parliament. He is a public policy graduate who is a Daly College and MIT Manipal alumnus. A believer in "Be the change you want to see", he wants to give voice to the citizens.

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Tarek Fatah, a famous writer opens up on Dangal girl Zaira Wasim

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