I don’t know how many times I have to prove my patriotism, breaks down Sania Mirza

NEW DELHI, 25 July-2014: Tennis star SaniaMirza on Friday wondered how many times will she have to prove her patriotism.

A day after slamming Telangana BJP leader K Laxman for his ‘Pak daughter-in-law’ barb, Sania said it was a matter of great honour for her to be brand ambassador of Telangana.

I don’t know how many times I have to prove my patriotism, breaks down Sania Mirza

I don't know how many times I have to prove my patriotism, breaks down Sania Mirza

In an interview to Times Now, Sania Mirza said, ‘This country has made me what I am. Why shouldn’t I represent Telangana and Hyderabad.’

Hitting out at her detractors Sania asked, “why did she need to explain her patriotism?”

Sania, who had reacted strongly to the Pak barb on Thursday, broke down on Friday during the course of another interview given to NDTV.

Sania said it was unfair that she had to assert her Indianness all the time despite achieving so many laurels for the country.

“I was really sad yesterday. It is really upsetting for me. I don’t know if it happens in any other country. I don’t know how many times I will have to justify my Indianess, prove my patriotism,” Sania told NDTV while holding back tears.

“This is such a horrible thing. Is it happening because I am a woman or I am married to a man from another country, why am I picked on?

“I got medals for India after I got married. If someone questions my roots, my family even after all that I won’t let that happen. I am representing Talengana and India when I am playing and I will continue to do that. I will remain an Indian until the end of my life,” she said.

The TRS government had appointed Sania as brand ambassador of the newly carved-out state.

However, the decision didn’t go down well with Telangana BJP leader K Laxman, who questioned the tennis star’s credentials for the honour and termed her as “daughter-in-law” of Pakistan.

Condemning the remark, Sania issued a strong statement, saying: “I strongly condemn any attempts by any person to brand me an outsider. Hurts me that so much time is being wasted on a petty issue of my being appointed as brand ambassador of Telangana.”

(TNN, with PTI inputs)

2 Responses to I don’t know how many times I have to prove my patriotism, breaks down Sania Mirza

  1. कितनी विडम्बना है की देश के कट्टरपंथी लोग ” बेटी ” को अपने खुद ही के देश में ” बेटी ” होने का अधिकार छीन लेना चाहते है उसे ” चीख ” ” चीख ” कर कहना पड़ रहा है की वो इसी देश की बेटी है।
    वही दूसरी और देश के कट्टरपंथी लोग अपने देश के लाडले , भारत रत्न , शहीद की विधवा को ” बहु ” स्वीकार करने को तैयार नहीं है जो इस देश में पहले पत्नी बनी, फिर बहु , फिर माँ , फिर सास , और नानी बन गयी।

  2. भाजपा हमेशा विशेष रूप से मुसलमानों के खिलाफ लोगों के खिलाफ नकारात्मक रवैया अपनाता है क्यों मैं नहीं जानता. यह सानिया एक पाकिस्तानी से शादी की है इस तथ्य है, लेकिन वास्तव में वह एक भारत की बेटी और पाकिस्तान की बहू है और हम पाकिस्तानी हमारे दिल में उसके लिए बहुत सम्मान है.