Recently when a Bangladeshi-Swedish writer and feminist, Taslima Nasreen had taken to her social media, condemning music maestro AR Rahman and his daughter Khatija for making the latter wear burqa in her now-deleted tweet. “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!” Khatija, though, was quick to give her an appropriate response.
Now the Oscar-winning singer has expressed his two opinions on the accusation in a conversation with a news portal. AR Rahman admitted he hadn’t got into the controversy because he trusted his daughter Khatija to tackle it with dignity and herself. “I think what’s good is if we bring them up in a way that they (children) know our troubles, they know our problems. They know that they have to inherit the good and the bad from us. That’s it. And then, 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 quoted.
When asked if Khatija asked for his opinion before replying to Taslima, he denied and said wearing the burqa was her decision. According to him, wearing a burqa is more of a psychological than a religious thing because “she sang a song, and around 10 million people were having it as their ringtone.
If you’re taking a little kid who’s an introvert and people are spamming them all of a sudden with good and bad, anyone would cut them off, “he added. AR Rahman added he wouldn’t mind wearing burqa too, but a male isn’t supposed to be wearing it. He praised Khatija for her simplicity too.
Khatija, in her, defends to the criticism, had written, to Tasmia “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.”
Khatija’s Instagram post has received a lot of love from fans who praised her for giving Taslima’s tweet a fitting response. Hundreds of fans thanked her for taking on Taslima’s views and standing up for herself.