Speaking to a leading English news channel on Friday, Sania questioned why she needs to prove her Indian roots.
Sania reiterated her proud in being an Indian and said it was really unfair to question her identity and roots.

The tennis ace, who is married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, said there was no point in bickering over such a petty issue since there were far important issues than this in the country.

Sania said whatever she is right now, it is because of her nation while questioning why she should not represent Telangana and Hyderabad.

“There are many other bigger issues in this country. I think people should just leave this petty issue aside,” Sania said.

“This country has made me what I am. Why shouldn't I represent Telangana and Hyderabad,” she questioned.

Sania was named the brand ambassador of the newly-created state on Tuesday, a move that triggered a political furor.

The BJP started the controversy by saying that Sania does not deserve the honour as she is the "daughter-in-law of Pakistan" after her marriage to Malik.


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