A political group recently beat up a number of non-Hindu youths for allegedly attempting to enter an Ahmedabad "garba" venue. The now-viral video, in the opinion of actress Sonya Saamoor, is absolutely "disgusting."
We made contact with the attractive actress who portrays Rakshita in Rashmi Sharma's television show Sanjog. "These games are played by people for political purposes. The celebration of Goddess Durga or any Goddess can never be restricted to a particular faith; it is all an act to draw attention from the public. Hinduism has always welcomed everyone with open arms and always will. It is what it is; people can descend to any level simply to attract attention. Garba should be exempt from all political interference "Sonya says.
One of the well-known faces of Indian television is Sonya. She has appeared in a number of popular television shows, including Shakti: Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki, Kasautii Zindagii Kay, Nazar, and Sirf Tum. On her social media post today about non-Hindus entering Garba pandals, one of her followers made a comment. Sonya responded by stating that if people of other faiths were barred from entering the Garba venue, she would permanently stop performing Garba.
Sonya uttered, "The beauty of the holy Garba festival is that people of all faiths are welcome to take part in it. I firmly believe that everyone has always been welcomed in India, regardless of caste, race, color, or religion."
She went on to say, "The beauty of my faith is that we invite friends and neighbors from all faiths to celebrate Diwali and Holi with us. I won't ever allow that to change. My parents have instilled in me the values of inclusivity and love for all people. I'll stop participating in Garba the day it is only open to members of a particular faith."