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    Female Indian MP Winning Accolades for Standing Up to Orthodox Muslim Clerics

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    Jahan, a Trinamool Congress MP, is a Muslim by religion but married into a Jain family. She recently won many hearts by seeking the blessings of the Indian Parliament’s Speaker in front of entire parliament just after her swearing-in as a member of lower house.

    New Delhi (Sputnik): Nusrat Jahan, an actress-turned-first-time Indian parliamentarian has fast become the talk of the town for hitting back at Muslim organisations which have taken offence to her dressing up as a traditional married Hindu woman, supporting red vermillion on her forehead and wearing Mangalsutra.

    Some orthodox Muslim clerics from Deoband even issued an Islamic edict against Jahan for her “un-Islamic” attire and conduct while taking the oath as an MP in Parliament.

    Hitting back at the clerics, the Bengali film actress-turned-politician tweeted that being Indian is and will always be her only identity: “We r indian and thats our only identification proud Indian and (sic) will be Love u:”

    ​Jahan’s curt reply created a sensation on social media, winning her accolades from many celebrities and netizens for standing up for herself and 'Indian values' while projecting herself as a strong, independent woman of modern India.

    Paying heed or reacting to comments made by hardliners of any religion only breeds hatred and violence, and history bears testimony to that, added the young politician.

    Jahan was also applauded by her good friend and co-actor-turned-politician Mimi Chakraborty, who stated that being Indian shall be their only identity.

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