Sania Mirza Shuts Down Rajdeep Sardesai over Motherhood Question

Sania Mirza

Another married Indian woman has virtually been asked for “good news.” This time, the woman in question is a world no. 1 in tennis, and the man who posed the question is one of the most celebrated news anchors in the country.

Earlier this week, Hollywood actress Jennifer Aniston expressed her exasperation over the media’s obsession with her pregnancy. In an essay on Huffington Post, Aniston wrote:

“This past month in particular has illuminated for me how much we define a woman’s value based on her marital and maternal status. The sheer amount of resources being spent right now by press trying to simply uncover whether or not I am pregnant (for the bajillionth time… but who’s counting) points to the perpetuation of this notion that women are somehow incomplete, unsuccessful, or unhappy if they’re not married with children.”

In an interview with news anchor Rajdeep Sardesai, Sania was asked about her plans for motherhood and “settling down”.

“Amidst all the celebrityhood, when is Sania going to settle down? Is it going to be in Dubai? Is it going to be in another country? What about motherhood? Building a family? I don’t see that in the book. It seems like you don’t want to retire yet to settle down,” said Rajdeep.

And what came next, blew everyone away.

“You don’t think I am settled?,” asked Sania.

“You sound disappointed that I am not choosing motherhood over being number one in the world at this point of time. But I will answer your question anyway,” she further said.

“This is one of the questions, as women, that we have to face all the time. Unfortunately, that’s when we are settled and no matter how many Wimbledons we win or number ones we become, we don’t become ‘settled’,” she added.

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