Insight: After Sharad, sexist deputy; is Smriti Irani's dignity political fodder?

| Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 16:07
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Insight: After Sharad, sexist deputy; Is Smriti Irani's dignity political fodder?

In India, nobody is safe from the sexism and chauvinism of our netas, even its women ministers. On a day which arguably marked a professional low for ex-HRD minister Smriti Irani, JDU MP Ali Anwar decided to pile on insult to injury — coming up with a supremely crass and sexist analogy. In a jibe that has to be heard to be believed, Ali Anwar claimed that the textile ministry has been given to Mrs Irani to 'cover her body'.
It's not the first time that JDU's netas have exposed themselves to be chauvinists, with veteran Sharad Yadav having infamously insulted south Indian women on the floor of the house. The onus now lies on Mr Nitish Kumar, who claims to be a champion of women's rights, to set an example and come down heavily on his party leader. For the rest of our netas, who surely cannot claim to be crusaders of feminism themselves, the question rises — are they so desperate to score a political point that even a woman's dignity becomes fair game?

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