Popular 90s actress Raveena Tandon, who is set to make a comeback in films with Shab, posted a photograph of herself wearing a sari on Twitter and asked,”will I be termed communal, sanghi, bhakt, hindutva icon?” Tandon said she loves wearing a sari because it is elegant. People reacted with a range of responses. Some people asked to her to stop politicising the garment.
This user didn’t hold back.
A lot of people said she just looked beautiful.
One user asked Tandon if she was planning a political move. Tandon replied in the negative.
One user went down the path of whataboutery.
Is this what Raveena Tandon was trying to say?
After a while, Tandon clarified that it was not her intention to communalise or politicse the sari. Why use terms like Hindutva, bhakth and Sanghi then?
A sari is a garment worn by countless women in India. It cuts across caste, class, and yes, even religion. The very fact that many people started associating the sari with a certain ideology is a reminder of the divisive society we seem to have become.