Monday, April 12, 2010

The ‘Indo-Pak Marital Match’

India and Pakistan, as if both are twins have been moving constantly with bone of contention since ages. Adding flame to it or as the phrase goes better ‘sprinkling salt to the wound’ our sports superstar Sania Mirza announced about her marriage on April 15, 2010 with the Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik. That was on verge of ‘may or may not be’ due to the blazing controversies noticed in past few days.
Hardly the news started flashing/printing and telling the tale of consequences for both the countries, criticism (which could have turned into threat, banishment on Sania, even the word ‘deshdrohi’ reached my ears through the tv speakers) for choosing a Pakistani guy, guessing on Sania would play for Pakistan and all that blah. No sooner breaking news aired, “Shoaib pehle se shadishuda hai…Shoaib dagabaaz hai…Shoaib ki pehli biwi ka pata chala.”Phew! Media got a scoop for the rest of the whole week. “So what’s your opinion on Sania’s upcoming marital drama,” they put the mike randomly before citizens to sensationalise the storm that has already taken a bad shape. “Sania ne Bharat ko dhoka diya hai, ek musalman akhir dil se Pakistani hi rehta hai chahe wo Hindustan mai hi kyun na reh raha ho…” Given a chance, people spat every possible thing to flame controversy against the issue. I mean do these cranky people deserve the time that we give in watching tv news? Actually no, they are the ones who trigger communal riot and disturbance in country; they shouldn’t be given space in newspapers and news channels.
Vir Sanghvi writes in a column, “A young girl is getting married and that should be an occasion of joy. Instead we are turning it into an excuse to spew hatred.” Very true. Currently the scenario has become like a global importance as if every citizen ought to have an opinion on Sania-Shoaib drama. Well, this write-up also adds on the list of opinion.
What She says for Shoaib…
She tweeted, explained in press conference,"..Me and my family know what the truth is, we've known it all along and we have confidence in god's justice.” Exactly!! Let’s just drop off the mess and let her go with the decision. Anyway Shoaib has signed the divorced papers and shrugged away from the controversy.

Digging into Pak??
I was thinking about the unbelievable calmness that Pakistan has managed to maintain on the issue and only hinted to support Shoaib if required. Just imagine, what if the situation was the other way round, Pakistani bride and Indian groom? Definitely she would have been slaughtered like a goat, I believe. The point on prominent female artist is nonetheless least counted in that country.
The world knows Pakistan has a habit of conferring the title of ‘daughter’ on women. There was Benazir Bhutto, the daughter of the East, a title the late prime minister was recognised by until the day she died. Then there was Aafia Siddiqui, a neuroscientist who was dubbed the daughter of Pakistan by a country outraged on her alleged abuse at the coalition forces in Afghanistan.
And again Pakistan has welcomed its new daughter rather a daughter-in-law, Sania Mirza, India’s one of most recognisable name. It’s the same country that criticised breathlessly from her tennis attire of short skirts to animated t.shirts when she debuted on the world stage!!
A ‘?’ MARK
Sania has shown to be very supportive towards Shoaib after the bombshells of previous wife being allegedly pregnant and aborted explode. But had Sania been at Shoaib’s place with allegations related to her past, it’s doubtful she would have been accepted by Pakistan or Shoaib himself! So, Sania, you deserve a round of applause here, you have actually shown how Indian you are, the Bharatiya nari who forgives all her husband’s (or hubby-to-be) misdeeds.
Hence proved: Sania is truly Indian.
If I sneak into the past of Pakistani cricketers like Mohsin Khan who married bollywood actress Reena Roy or Imran Khan who married to UK socialite Jemima Goldsmith, and many more like them, they ultimately chose to separate after disgusting each other. There weren’t more years to marriage. Therefore, let’s cross fingers for the new forthcoming couples.
An Answer to All
-What if Sania is forced to play tennis for Pakistan and she refuses?
-What if she is asked to settle in Lahore and not Dubai?
-God forbid what if some Islamist group tries to gun her down like they did with Benazir?
-What if Sania-Shoaib couldn’t turn up as a good couple just like Reena and Mohsin?
Answer: What if none of the above works out and the wedlock between the two sports star create a history giving birth to a new era of Indo-Pak sweet relationship? Keep Imagining!
Sania-Shoaib: April 15 is close so get closer and say cheese!!

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