India: Muslim teen actress chased by Hindutva

On Monday, 16-year-old Bollywood actress Zaira Wasim, who shot to fame for her portrayal of the young Hindu wrestler Geeta Phogat in Aamir Khan movie Dangal (watch below) was forced to apologize this week by the anti-Muslim Hindutva Mafia.

Her crime was, born in Indian occupied Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley, she dared to meet Mehbooba Mufti, chief minister of the occupied Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.

I want to apologise to all those I’ve unintentionally hurt. I understand their sentiments, especially considering what has happened in Kashmir over the past six months,” she said in a statement issued on Twitter (deleted after one day).

Geeta Phogat, 28, is a freestyle wrestler who won India’s first ever gold medal in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games, in 2010. Islamic Republic of Iran has record in this field. Its athletes have won 35 gold, silver and bronze medals since 1948.

There is no need for Zaira to issue an apology. She has not done anything wrong. We have made the nation proud by winning medals. It is a proud moment for the citizens of the country. Zaira has worked hard to play my role,” said Phogat in a TV interview.

Aamir Khan in a Tweet called her his role model.

“I have read Zaira’s statement and I can understand and imagine what led her to make that statement. Zaira I want you to know that we are all with you. The beauty is that bright, young, talented, hard-working, respectful, caring and courageous kids like you are a rode model not only to kids in India but across the world. You certainly are a role model for me! May god bless you, love Aamir. PS, I appeal to everyone now to leave her alone and respect the fact that she is just a 16 year old girl trying her best to deal with life,” said Aamir Khan.

Mehbooba Mufti’s problem with Hindutva Mafia is similar to Barack Obama’s problem with the Organized Jewry. She inherited the post after the death of her father Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, who established political alliance with the ruling BJP a year ago. She, then was hailed as a ‘Muslim role model’ by the Hindutva Mafia while Kashmiris who want to merge with Pakistan, called her a traitor to Kashmiri people. However, when the Indian Occupied Force killed Hizbul commander Burhan Wani, she refused to condemn the armed resistance. That made her a traitor in the eyes of Hindutva Mafia. Furthermore, her close relations with anti-Muslim PM Narendra Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh have made Mehbooba Mufti very unpopular among Kashmiris living under Indian and Pakistani governments.

Indian-born renowned BBC journalist and author, Sir Mark Tully told Ajay Sharma during a 2007 interview that India needs to accept the blame for the bloodshed in Jammu and Kashmir Valley.

There may be changes in Kashmir. A Line of Peace can be made there. India’s neighbors want to be friendly but are also afraid of her. And India should share the blame for that. It should also extend the hand of friendship. The British Raj, Nehru and Indira Gandhi are the main actors behind the conflict. It could have been solved some time back. May be Delhi had its own compulsions. The problem is that India has not been able to cultivate friendly relations with its neighbors,” said Tully.


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