Senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai received social media roasting on Friday for asking tennis star Sania Mirza what was widely perceived to be a ‘sexist question.’
Sania had reacted angrily for being asked about her plans to settle down.
Rajdeep had asked, “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.”
To which Sania replied angrily, “You don’t think I’m settled?”
Rajdeep clarified, “You don’t talk about retirement, about raising a family, about motherhood, what’s life beyond tennis is going to be…”
This prompted Sania to launch a tirade asking if her achievements in tennis including being World Number 1 and Wimbledon champion wasn’t enough.
She said, “You sound disappointed that I’m not choosing motherhood over being number one in the world at this point of 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.”
Rajdeep immediately realised his mistake and apologised for asking a sexist questions admitting that he wouldn’t ask that question to any male athlete.
He said, “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…”
Sania too acknowledged and said, ” I’m so glad, you’re the first journalist to apologise to me on national television.”
The topic generated considerable attention on social media with many criticising the journalist for having the question in the first place. But, there were many who admired Rajdeep for displaying courage to apologise on live TV.