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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Narendra Modi and dehumanizing women




First of all, I condemn the wife Jokes in India, which are usually derogatory towards women.  That is the kind of humor we don’t need to burden our next generation with. You can call me whatever you want, but in the public spaces, where I am, I will stop you from saying those jokes.


Here is a debate about Narendra Modi, the Prime ministerial candidate making a statement,   "50 Crore ki girl friend Dekhi hai” - have you seen a $5Million dollar girl friend? Referring to Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunananda Pushkar, Shashi’s response was apt, “She is priceless! “Instead of saying, what does this man know about women?  It’s like asking someone to describe the smell of the roses, whose nostril is desensitized.

Somewhere in the discussion, someone suggests, “All it takes for Modi is to apologize for the statement or clarify what he meant by it” and it will be over. Some else jumped and said, “apologize, he never will”.

That took me back to think if there is a pattern. When the lower court in Ahmadabad rejected the Petition of Zakia Jafri, against Modi’s involvement in the Gujarat Massacre, someone had suggested, “If Modi has any respect for human dignity, as a head of the state, he would go and console that Octogenarian Zakia Jafri, that he will make sure, justice will be served to her, even if it were against him?”  Someonelese jumped and said, “ Modi may dum nahin” – Modi does not have the guts to do such a bold thing.

I was looking at the 7 points I had advocated for Modi to consider – to be humble, to do the praischit and move forward. I was told that he will not do that.

What will he do then? How will he handle mistakes if he were the Prime Minister?

Most of you may watch the Indian soaps; the story is repeated daily, “The husband screams at wife, what have I not given you – wealth, car, house, servant, designer clothes, dining in the finest restaurants….what do you want”.  Rarely do they show the response, a woman wants nothing more than respect and dignity. 

The development is a wholesome plank, not economic development at the cost of respect and dignity to the millions of Gujaratis out there.

If you have not watched the following video by NDTV, it is worth watching. There is another revelation; the “right wing people” will never see another point of view. In the video, Mr. Modi is represented by Mr. Rao, who simply cannot see the facts.

Between 3:00 to 27:00 Minutes on the tape


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Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism
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