AR Rahman's comments, on Khatija's response to Taslima Nasreen's tweet, came in a video interview with The Quint The Quint
Rahman made his comments in response to a video interview to The Quint published on Friday. Responding to the question as to how he reacts to such comments, Rahman said: 'I don't react at all'
Academy Award winning music maestro AR Rahman has given his response over the online spat between his daughter Khatija Rahman and Bangladeshi feminist author Taslima Nasreen.
Rahman made his comments in response to a video interview to The Quint published on Friday. Responding to the question as to how he reacts to such comments, Rahman said: "I don't react at all."
When the interviewer implied that Khatija gave an apt response by saying that "she killed it," Rahman said: "Yeah. She did. I think what's good is if we bring them(children) up in a way that they know our troubles. They know our problems. They know that they have to inherit the good and bad from us. That's it. And they are given free will and she did it. And then I asked her, 'What about the next question? Did you answer that?'
"(She said) That's it daddy, I am done," Rahman added.
In response to the interviewer's question, as to whether Rahman's family has a discussion before replying to such comments, he responded: "No, I think she put it out and then I put it out on Instagram. I thought it was very needed because she is behind the veil. And it's her choice."
"It's more than a religious thing. I think, I personally think it is a psychological thing. Because she sang a song and around 10 million people were having it as their ringtone. If you have a little kid who is an introvert, and suddenly people are spamming them with good and bad, anybody would shut off.
"A male is not supposed to wear a burqa, otherwise I will wear one. Because it would be so easy for me to go and shop, find a...you know, steady life. So I think she finds that freedom. Because she is somebody who will go for a funeral of a maid, or maid's mother or maid's relative. She will go for that."
"And I get awestruck with her simplicity and what she does socially," Rahman added.
This interview comes in the wake of Taslima's Twitter post, in which she shared a photo of Khatija and wrote: "I absolutely love A R Rahman's music. But whenever i see his dear daughter, i feel suffocated. It is really depressing to learn that even educated women in a cultural family can get brainwashed very easily!"
I absolutely love A R Rahman's music. But whenever i see his dear daughter, i feel suffocated. It is really depressing to learn that even educated women in a cultural family can get brainwashed very easily! pic.twitter.com/73WoX0Q0n9— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) February 11, 2020
Khatija responded to it through an Instagram post: "I’m sorry you feel suffocated by my attire. Please get some fresh air, cause I don’t feel suffocated rather I’m proud and empowered for what I stand for. I suggest you google up what true feminism means because it isn’t bashing other women down nor bringing their fathers into the issue. I also don’t recall sending my photos to you for your perusal."
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Been only a year and this topic is in the rounds again..there’s so much happening in the country and all people are concerned about is the piece of attire a woman wants to wear. Wow, I’m quite startled. Every time this topic comes the fire in me rages and makes me want to say a lot of things..Over the last one year, I’ve found a different version of myself which I haven’t seen in so many years. I will not be weak or regret the choices I’ve made in life. I am happy and proud of what I do and thanks to those who have accepted me the way I am. My work will speak, God willing.. I don’t wish to say any further. To those of you who feel why I’m even bringing this up and explaining myself, sadly it so happens and one has to speak for oneself, that’s why I’m doing it. 🙂. Dear Taslima Nasreen, I’m sorry you feel suffocated by my attire. Please get some fresh air, cause I don’t feel suffocated rather I’m proud and empowered for what I stand for. I suggest you google up what true feminism means because it isn’t bashing other women down nor bringing their fathers into the issue 🙂 I also don’t recall sending my photos to you for your perusal 🙂
In the post, Khatija also mentioned that people have been speaking about her burqa for a year now. While questioning those people who speak of her clothes, she said that when there’s so much happening in the nation, then why are people concerned about what women are wearing and not wearing.
Last year, Khatija accompanied AR Rahman for an event that celebrated the completion of a decade of Slumdog Millionaire's music album, for which the ace musician won Academy Awards.
At the event, Khatija delivered an emotional speech that went viral for all the wrong reasons.
People called out the singer for being a hypocrite and they even accused him of forcing his daughter to wear a burqa.
To give back to trolls and hate comments, Rahman posted a photo of his daughters who were seen wearing different types of attires.
The singer captioned the post, "The precious ladies of my family Khatija, Raheema and Sairaa with NitaAmbaniji #freedomtochoose."
Taslima is a Bangladeshi writer, physician, feminist and human rights activist. She is known for her writing on women's oppression and criticism of religion, despite forced exile and multiple fatwas calling for her death.
Some of her books are banned in Bangladesh.
Taslima was forced to leave Bangladesh in 1994 due to repeated threats from radical Muslim groups after her novel Lajja which depicts the persecution of a Hindu family by Muslims, ran into a controversy.
She currently lives in New Delhi since 2011.