Mira Rajput was speaking at an event celebrating International Women’s Day. She gave the audience insights about her life as a homemaker and narrated how her life has been with husband Shahid Kapoor. Being an actor’s wife, Mira is often subjected to scrutiny, as if women didn’t have enough of that already on their plate. Mira spoke openly, bravely but not so smartly about how she loves being at home and it’s her choice to be a homemaker. She said that seeing her daughter, Misha, grow “can’t be quantified,” and that she would not want to spend one hour a day with her and then rush off to work.
While talking about her choice to be a homemaker, and spending time with Misha, she said, “I had a tough pregnancy, I went to those 5 months of difficult times to bring my daughter into this world. So now I want to spend every moment that I can with her and I think there is a set of responsibilities around my plate and I feel at my age I have a lot more energy, I have my future ahead of me, so I can finish all of my responsibility and I have nothing in my way. I can raise my daughter, I can be a good wife.
Nothing will stop me after that. I love being at home, I love being a mother to my child, I wouldn’t want to spend one hour a day with my child and rush off to work, why did I have her? She is not a puppy; I want to be there for her as a mother.”
Now, every woman has the right to exercise her choice, as she said, which means a woman also has the choice to pick work over being a ‘homemaker’. Would that make their children puppies? It is of utmost importance to choose words rightly and sensibly, especially when speaking at platforms such as the one given to Mira. We know she didn’t mean to hurt anyone out there. But words get misconstrued a lot these days.
“I have a set of responsibilities on my plate and my future is ahead of me. I can finish all my responsibilities and then I will have nothing in my way. I can raise my daughter, be a good wife, and set up my home the way I like. I wouldn’t have it any other way.” she further added.
She also spoke about feminism at the event. She said, “Empowerment means you have the right to choose. So it’s my choice if I want to be at home. And it’s someone else’s choice if they want to be a working mother. But both are equally valid and neither of them should be shamed.”
Further, she pointed out how the new age feminism is very aggressive. “Feminism isn’t woman VS man. It’s about equality. A new wave of feminism has come that is aggressive… I feel it’s destructive. There’s a new term called ‘feminazi’, which is the female equivalent of a chauvinist. I think there should be harmony between the two sexes and an equilibrium.” she summed up her thoughts.
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