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Kareena Kapoor Khan Is Being Put Through What No Young Mother Should Have To Experience

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Kareena Kapoor reaction son name: Actor Kareena Kapoor Khan recently opened up about the controversy surrounding the names of her two boys – Taimur and Jehangir. Their names have time and again been a subject of social media outrage. Ever since Khan gave birth to her first child in 2016 and it was revealed that he has been named Taimur by his parents, social media trolls have been after the actor and her husband Saif Ali Khan, criticising their choice of name. What’s worse is that trolls haven’t even spared their young kids, creating insensitive memes and jokes on them that are widely shared.

In a recent interview with India Today, Khan revealed that how the controversy has affected her, especially during the pandemic. “We have two innocent children we are talking about. We are going to stay happy and positive and that’s just the way I am going to look at life,” Khan said, adding that amidst a global pandemic, the most important thing to fuss over can’t be what her son is named or what he is doing.

I have to start meditating now that I am pushed against the wall: Kareena Kapoor Khan on the controversy surrounding her children’s names.

Imagine being a woman who went through pregnancy and childbirth during a pandemic. All this, while caring for a preschooler. The kind of health concerns she may have had to face during such a delicate time, not just for herself, but for her children and loved ones as well. While Khan may have the best of medical care at her disposal, this pandemic has taught us that COVID-19 is not only unpredictable, it is merciless. We don’t know how our body will react to coronavirus infection. We don’t know what our loved ones, our children may have to endure if infected with the disease. Even after the infection, one needs to be vary of long COVID, Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, etc.

No mother should have to deal with any sort of scrutiny on top of all this, but social media trolls subjected Khan to the worst kind possible for a young mother – one that targets her kids. Is it fair to Khan? Is it fair to her children, who didn’t even pick their names? Do we realise what it must feel like to read crude comments and ruthless jokes about your children, to see hatred being directed their way, while all a parent can do is helplessly watch, or simply shield them from the abuse directed their way? Besides, for how long will Khan be able to protect her children from social media’s vulture-like gaze?

This is not about Kareena Kapoor Khan being a privileged Bollywood actor. It is about us expecting her to take this online abuse with her chin up, because hey, that’s the price you pay for being a celebrity. A star can’t expect to have privacy of any sort. They need to be open to total scrutiny, whether it is for work or personal life. Cool, but then what’ the excuse for targetting her children?

If any virtue has helped us sail through this horrifying pandemic as a community, it is kindness. The best part is, it is in our hands to be kind to others. We can choose to be kind to Khan and let her enjoy motherhood with one less thing to worry over. We can choose to be kind to her children and ensure that little ones don’t end up paying the cost of any dislike any person may harbour for their parents, whatever may be the reason. So what’s stopping us from choosing kindness then?

Views expressed are the author’s own.


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