India’s ace Tennis player Sania Mirza lambasted well known Headlines Today anchor Rajdeep Sardesai because of the later’s apparent sexist question.
During an on-air programme, Sardesai asked Mirza about her motherhood. But Mirza didn’t take the tone of the question well. Mirza was angry and forced the anchor, in the end, to acknowledge that it wasn’t something he might ask a female athlete.
Here is the full excerpt of the conversation.
Sardesai: Amidst all the celebrityhood, when is Sania going to settle down? Is it going to be in Dubai? Is it going to be in any other country? What about motherhood… building a family… I don’t see all that in the book, it seems like you don’t want to retire just yet to settle down.
Mirza: You don’t think I’m settled?
Sardesai: You don’t talk about retirement, about raising a family, about motherhood, what’s life beyond tennis is going to be…
Mirza: You sound disappointed that I’m not choosing motherhood over being number one in the world at this point in time. But I’ll answer your question anyway, that’s the question I face all the time as a woman, that all women have to face — the first is marriage and then it’s motherhood. Unfortunately, that’s when we’re settled, and no matter how many Wimbledons we win or number ones in the world we become, we don’t become settled. But eventually, it will happen, not right now. And when it does happen I’ll be the first one to tell everybody when I plan to do that.
Sardesai: I must apologise, I framed that question very badly. I promise you, you’re right, I would never ask this question to a male athlete…
Mirza: I’m so glad, you’re the first journalist to apologise to me on national television.
In the midst of the interaction when she was asked how would like to be remembered, Mirza simple and yet smartly said, “(hope my achievements set a precedent that) no girl is asked at the age of 29 as to when she is going to have a child when she’s number one in the world,” before adding, “that’s no settling in.”
However, Rajdeep understood that he once again crossed the line while interviewing someone. He later apologised for his unethical question.
Rajdeep is not new to this kind of irrelevant questions. He once compared Sunrisers Hyderabad’s victory with saffron colour. He said the winner of IPL 2016 sports saffron and government of India also rule by saffron party BJP.