“Show courage by not wearing a burqa in Afghanistan”

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Kangana Ranaut Responds To The Karnataka Hijab Row:
Kangana Ranaut digs hard in Karnataka Hijab Row: “Show courage by not wearing a burqa in Afghanistan” (Photo Credit : Instagram)

Kangana Ranaut enjoys a huge following across the country not only for her work in popular Bollywood movies but also for her unique take on various current affairs and political issues. She has gotten into trouble several times in the past for expressing her opinion in a rude way, even if it offends some section of society. The hijab row in Karnataka has been a trending topic of social media lately and the actor seems to be taking a stern stance on the polarizing topic.

For the inexperienced, several Bollywood celebrities have previously expressed their views on the Hijab row that has been keeping the internet divided for a month now. The widespread protests started when students from Government Girls PU College, Udupi, were barred from entering the school building for wearing hijabs with their uniforms. The incident sparked a strong discussion on social media about whether or not to allow changes to school uniforms according to religious sentiment. The incident also subsequently sparked widespread protest across the state, pushing a few people down the legal path.

Celebrities like Swara Bhasker, Richa Chadha and Onir had previously voiced their views on the matter and Kangana Ranaut seems to be the latest addition to the list. She shared a post from author Anand Ranganathan on her Instagram story with two photos of Iran from different eras. One photo showed a few people enjoying the view of the beach while wearing swimsuits, while the other showed a bunch of women dressed in burqas.

“Iran. 1973 and now. From bikini to burqa in fifty years flat. Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it,” the post said.

Kangana Ranaut decided to bring the debate on Afghanistan to the fore when she wrote: “If you want to show courage, show it by not wearing a burqa in Afghanistan. Learn to let go, not lock yourself up.” Here’s a look.

Most people oppose the burqa or hijab because they believe it represents misogyny and patriarchy, forcing women to cover up. Others, on the other hand, believe that respecting all religions is part of the constitution. Therefore, opinions should not prevent any community from practicing their faith.

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