Amitabh Bachchan’s granddaughter Navya Naveli Nanda lauds Nirmala Sitharaman for ‘calling out sexism’

Amitabh Bachchan’s granddaughter Navya Naveli Nanda lauds Nirmala Sitharaman for ‘calling out sexism’


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Megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s granddaughter Navya Naveli Nanda on Monday shared a screenshot from a video clip on her Instagram Stories, featuring finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman. 
In the said video, originally posted by a news portal, Nirmala is seen getting angry at a man during a press conference organised on February 1 for the announcement of he Union Budget for the fiscal year 2021-2022, for not allowing a female journalist to ask as many questions as her male counter-part.
When the journalist says ‘ Ma’am, I have two questions’, a man, off-camera, interrupts and tells her ‘no, only one, others are there.’ Immediately, SItharaman intervenes and tells the man why is he only stopping her, he didn’t stop the others from asking their questions. 
The Finance Minister is heard saying, “Why did you say only to her? You didn’t stop the guys.”
Sharing the clip, Navya wrote on her Instagram Stories, “Yaaaaaas. More people in power calling out the sexism that exists every day.” 
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For the uninformed, Navya is a vocal feminist and a mental health advocate. She is the co-founder of Aara health and has recently started a campaign, #ProjectNavya that aims at creating equal work opportunity and spread awareness about gender pay parity.
In one of her recent online sessions with co-founders of Ara Health on Instagram, Navya had opened up on being mansplained and about how she feels she has to constantly prove herself in a space that is dominated by men. 
She said, “When you are meeting new people for work and talking to them, there is always that…not worry of what they are going to think of you but more internal, where I feel like, ‘Oh, we need to prove ourselves.’ Especially because in the space that we are in, it is largely dominated by men.”
She further added, “So whenever we are put in the spotlight, talking to a vendor or a doctor… All of us have been in situations where we are talking to somebody, most likely a man, who is mansplaining and talking to us in a very condescending manner.” 
During the course of the Instagram live session, Navya said that there have been situations where she has felt the need to prove herself, adding that she feels it is from these situations that ‘anxiety’ sets in. She said, “It is those situations where you feel like you need to prove yourself and you don’t necessarily do because it is just stupid. But we have all been in those situations and I think that is where the anxiety comes from, which is, ‘Why is this person talking to me like I am stupid?’ That is where I feel like, ‘Okay, I need to prove myself.’ I need to make that impression at the beginning that I know what I am talking about and I don’t need you to explain every single thing to me and talk to me in a condescending manner.”



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