Mira Rajput's college classmate criticises her for remarks on feminism
Mira Rajput, the wife of actor Shahid Kapoor, has received strong feedback from one of her Lady Shri Ram College (LSR) classmates in response to her recent comments on feminism.
In an article by Deccan Chronicle, a Facebook post written by this classmate, who has not been named, has been featured. The classmate says that they feel enraged and call Mira's understanding of feminism flawed. They also add a sentence about their perception of her behaviour in college, with a focus on how she ill-treated other girl students who were not thin or did not dress fashionably.
The classmate questions how Mira can assume a moral high ground and criticises her for her statement about working mothers, saying that it actually disempowers women.
Here's the text of the Facebook post:
Having watched your interview, I feel extremely enraged today. I’ve spent three years in the same college and batch as you. I can say today with confidence that your idea of feminism is extremely flawed. Seeing you walk around with your posse in college, belittling women who were not skinny enough or did not subscribe to your fashion ‘standards’ makes me wonder what you ever did to have a moral high ground over anyone at any point. Your narrow world view is astounding to say the least. And not to forget, how your statement about working mothers takes us years back in reaching actual empowerment of which you seem to know nothing.
With lots of aggression,
An informed feminist
Earlier in March at an event for the celebration of Women's Day on 8 March, 2017, Mira defended her decision to be a housewife and stay-at-home mother. "I am a homemaker and wear that label with pride... I think that there are some set of responsibilities on my plate and I feel at my age, I have a lot more energy. I have my future ahead of me, I can finish all my responsibilities and I have nothing in my way. I can raise my daughter, I can be a good wife and I can set my house the way I like. I love being at home and love my child. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I wouldn’t want to spend one hour with Misha and then rush off to work. Why did I have her? Misha is not a puppy. I want to be there for her," she said.
In the same interview, she also expressed her opinions about the ideology of feminism and said that it isn't about man v/s woman, but rather about equality. She critiqued what she called a "new wave" of feminism, which she believes is about aggression and is destructive in nature. She said that chaos will prevail if one gender tries to replace the other.
She received flak for these views on social media and from journalists in equal measure, especially for her opinions on working mothers.
In support of her statements, husband Shahid Kapoor said, "I think she was speaking from a very positive space. I do understand that people have a strong point of view and people get hurt about things, but I think we are in a time where everybody is getting hurt about everything." He said that Mira is speaking for a section of society which is not represented, and that women should have the right to choose if they wish to stay at home or work.