Sunday, April 04, 2010
Sania Mirza and the Difficullty in Marrying a Pakistani
I have no issue with Sania or Shoeb as individuals. Who they marry is their personal choice. The problem is with the broader picture. Sania Mirza is a people's champion and a sports celebrity in India. Although she won less tournaments but is constantly in news as people love her.
She has a nation rooting for her every time she plays for India. She is India's pride on the tennis court. Off the field she continues to inspire millions of young girls in her country. They admire her guts and copy her style.
Bring in India's history with Pakistan, and her marriage plans surprised many like me. I agree that people to people contact would go a long way in bridging divides. But Sania being an Indian Muslim and that too an icon has greater responsibility on her young shoulders. Top it with Shoeb own's standing as a popular Pakistani cricketer and you have a complex situation.
Which team will Sania's and Shoeb's future kids support when India and Pakistan play against each other? I hope Sania has an answer to that!