Re­li­gion is not in Dia’s iden­tity

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Ac­tor Dia Mirza (right) says re­li­gion is some­thing she ex­plored but it has never been her iden­tity.

“I went to a school that fol­lowed the phi­los­o­phy of Jiddu Kr­ish­na­murty. I am a daugh­ter of a Chris­tian fa­ther and a Ben­gali mother and grew up in a Mus­lim fam­ily. So re­li­gion has never been my iden­tity. It’s some­thing I ex­plored through the course of time,” she says.

She adds, Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion bound­ary lim­its a per­son. Re­li­gion and faith should be fol­lowed and prac­tised but should not be made into an iden­tity.”

On the cur­rent sce­nario, where protest against grow­ing in­tol­er­ance are a talk­ing point, Dia says: “I want to ask those who are ques­tion­ing the re­turn­ing of awards that when one per­son, who has re­ceived such a great hon­our from the coun­try, be­comes com­pelled to take the tough de­ci­sion of re­turn­ing it, how many peo­ple would have that large­ness of heart and com­mit­ment to na­tion?”

“Ev­ery in­di­vid­ual who re­turned their award has ev­ery right to do so. It is their per­sonal choice. This is a mark of protest be­cause they feel strongly enough to do so,” she said. Dia be­lieves pol­i­tics and re­li­gion should be sep­a­rate.

“The day pol­i­tics and re­li­gion will be treated in­de­pen­dently, we can say we live in a demo­cratic coun­try,” she said.

Ev­ery in­di­vid­ual who re­turned their award has ev­ery right to do so

Dia Mirza, ac­tor

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