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Sudha Raghunathan’s daughter all set to marry a man of her choice; faces Social Media fury

June 25, 2019 | 17:22 IST | Editorial |

One of the most loved Carnatic singers of our time, Sudha Raghunathan is facing bigotry because her daughter is all set to marry a man of her choice.

Malavikka, who is a doctor by profession in the US, fell in love with an African-American Michael Murphy, who happens to be a Christian. While the family doesn’t have a problem with their marriage, we have Social Media making a fuss.

The casteists and the racists have started by questioning how a Brahmin girl can fall in love with a Christian. Sudha Raghunathan, her husband Raghunathan and Maalavika have been the target of vicious trolls for the past few days who have even gone to the extent of spreading rumours that the entire family has converted to Christianity.

If that isn’t enough, many of the Twitter users want the Sabha not to invite Sudha Raghunathan for concerts.

Sudha Raghunathan is the latest in the long list of Carnatic musicians to face the fury of social media for no fault of theirs. Her colleagues O S Arun and Nithyashree Mahadevan too faced protests last year when they performed songs in praise of Jesus through Carnatic Raga.

A few racists have commented on the skin colour of the groom. Some went a step ahead by “advising” Tamil Brahmins to “raise their children” by telling imparting them knowledge about their rich traditions.

Of course, many stood by the family telling that it is her choice and asked people to stop spreading hatred.

The family is yet to react to this.