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  • Centre sanctions Rs 15000cr for Covid19 emergency response, part of it immediately and the rest over a period of four years in mission mode
  • RBI says Covid-19 has "drastically altered" the growth outlook in India
  • Third coronavirus death in the Dharavi slum in Mumbai
  • Odisha becomes the first state to extend the lockdown until April 30. Schools and colleges in the state to remain closed until June 17th
  • The Supreme Court orders all coronavirus testing, including by private labs, to be done for free, says will look into the matter of reimbursement for private players at a later date
  • Former Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar proposes an Indo-Pak ODI series to raise funds for fighting coronavirus
  • Maharashtra government says many Tablighi Jamaat members who attended the Markaz and returned have gone into hiding
  • West Bengal government identifies hotspots in Kolkata and the rest of the state, inclined to extend the lockdown in those places only
  • Prime Minister Modi holds a video conference with floor leaders of opposition parties, hints at extending the lockdown
  • UP seals hotspots and makes masks mandatory
  • Masks made compulsory in Mumbai, violators will be arrested
  • ICMR says an infected person can infect 406 people in 30 days without social distancing and lockdown
  • Stock markets make a smart recovery. Sensex up by record 2476 points on global cues
  • Schools, colleges and shopping malls likely to remain closed for a further period of one month, says empowered group of ministers
  • PM Modi tells BJP workers that India is in for a long battle against the coronavirus and there is no scope to feel tired or defeated
Total Covid-19 cases rise to 5734 on Thursday and the death toll stands at 166, says the health ministry in its daily briefing
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Zaira Wasim: Awakening At A Young Age

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.

Zaira Wasim, the kid who starred in Amir Khan’s Dangal has grown up. At just over 18 years of age, her inner self has made her see things about faith and divinity which some see very late in life and others do not see at all. Zaira has given up acting as she said that it interfered with her religion. It is her inner voice and purely her personal choice and it should be respected. No one has the right to ascribe motives or allege outside influence for her decision. In the past, Vinod Khanna had temporarily quit films (for a very long period, though) to follow his heart and be with his guru, Acharya Rajneesh, or Osho as he is now called by his followers.

One must acknowledge that it takes huge mental composure to be part of the glitz and glamour associated with Bollywood. Many women and even men have been known to have not been able to handle the pressure and have fallen apart. Zaira was just 13 when she started acting in Dangal and 16 when it was released, following which she won many awards and became famous. Right from her first film, she has been subjected to public scrutiny (as any actor would be) but mostly because of her religion. When she cropped her hair for the role of a wrestler in her debut film, people criticized her for being un-Islamic. She had also complained about a fellow passenger trying to molest her in a flight. Even then, the issue had taken a communal turn with some people trying to support the accused. It is not surprising that the confused and hurt girl could have retreated in a shell and reflected on whatever was happening with her. It is not always necessary for a pundit, maulavi or bishop to tell us what is right and what is wrong. Our inner voice, propelled by our imaan, can do it for us.

If Zaira has had that awakening, she is surely blessed. If she says that she discovered that she did fit in Bollywood but felt that she did not belong there, we should not be judgmental but accept, and respect, her personal choice.