Rajdeep Sardesai gets trolled for his sexist question to Sania Mirza on ‘settling down’

Sania Mirza's brilliant response to Rajdeep Sardesai's question overriding with a patriarchal tone about her 'settling down' wins over the Internet.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 21, 2016 9:31 pm
sania rajdeep1_759 Veteran journalist Rajdeep Sardesai got a fitting reply from ace tennis player Sania Mirza during an interview.

Tennis player Sania Mirza really proved her mettle as she scored a win against veteran journalist Rajdeep Sardesai during a television interview. During the interview about the release of her autobiography titled Ace Against Odds, Sardesai asked Mirza about her plans to settle down and motherhood.

Taken aback for second that this was actually a question being asked to the No. 1  women’s doubles player, Mirza’s fitting response made us proud and promptly put the interviewer in place. Counter-questioning, Mirza said: “You sound disappointed that I’m not choosing motherhood over being number one in the world at this point of time. But I’ll answer your question anyway, that’s the question I face all the time as a woman, that all women have to face — the first is marriage and then it’s motherhood. Unfortunately, that’s when we’re settled, and no matter how many Wimbledons we win or number ones in the world we become, we don’t become settled. But eventually it will happen, not right now. And when it does happen I’ll be the first one to tell everybody when I plan to do that.” (Read who said what here)

This immediately elicited an apology from the journalist, but the fact that the question was asked was enough to get Sardesai massively trolled on social media platforms.

Take a look.

— Fashion101.in (@Fashion101in) July 14, 2016

#SaniaMirza karara jawab to #RajdeepSardesai on his Q to her about motherhood / retirement / settling down

Her reply to him
He apologised

— Sameera Gawandi (@sameeratweeter) July 14, 2016

I’ve not been a huge fan of #SaniaMirza but her reply to #RajdeepSardesai was a befitting slap on the face of the patriarchal indian notions

— Bai-lain-do (@SarinG17) July 14, 2016

There’s no better inspiration than renowned public figures like Mirza driving the nail on to the head of patriarchy, at nothing less than a public platform. More power to women who don’t think ‘settling down’ is what they should be doing, just because they are married.

Watch the interview clip here.

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