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A. R. Rahman’s daughter, Taslima Nasreen spar over the burqa

SAMAA | - Posted: Feb 18, 2020 | Last Updated: 2 months ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Feb 18, 2020 | Last Updated: 2 months ago
A. R. Rahman’s daughter, Taslima Nasreen spar over the burqa

Photo: Instagram/@khatija.rahman

Daughter of Indian music genius A. R. Rahman is in the news again. This time Khatija has been dragged into an online spat with Bangladeshi-Swedish author Taslima Nasreen.

On Monday, she shared a throwback photo of a family trip to Baku, Azerbaijan, with the caption: “Peaceful time with family away from ‘suffocation’.”

It all started when Nasreen tweeted: “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!”

To which the social worker and director of the A. R. Rahman Foundation responded: “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.”

She added: “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.”

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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 🙂

A post shared by 786 Khatija Rahman (@khatija.rahman) on Feb 14, 2020 at 11:45am PST

Khatija faced a similar debate last year when she wore a niqab while sharing the stage with her Oscar-winning father at the 10th anniversary of his film Slumdog Millionaire.

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