Congress president Rahul Gandhi has landed himself in an argument after he took a dig at top minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal: Modi, he stated, were given “a girl” to shield him in Parliament over the debatable deal.
The top minister, by no means gradual to reply to each actual and imagined slights, then accused Gandhi of insulting all Indian ladies along with his commentary.
Gandhi didn’t apologise, however resorted to extra patriarchal language to call for solutions from Modi, this time bunging in an exhortation to “be a person” and likewise including a line about admire for girls starting at house.
Gandhi’s remarks were criticised by way of many, particularly BJP leaders, who’ve referred to as him a “misogynist”.
Gandhi’s exhortation to Modi to ‘be a person’ harks again to out of date tropes about ‘true’ masculinity being connected to valour. On this patriarchal chest-beating discourse, being equated to a girl is equal to being susceptible or ineffectual. The BJP’s reaction, by way of trending #BeAMan on Twitter and preserving forth on what ‘actual males’ do or don’t do, isn’t a lot better both.
The Nationwide Fee for Girls (NCW) on Thursday issued Gandhi a realize, with chairperson Rekha Sharma calling the commentary “pathetic”, “sexist” and “misogynistic”.
Twitter customers have often known as out the Congress chief for his remarks.
BJP leaders react
The BJP has been fast to interpret Gandhi’s commentary as an insult to defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Modi stated Sitharaman had floored the opposition within the Lok Sabha by way of bobbing up with “reality after reality” at the Rafale deal. “They’re bent upon insulting a girl defence minister,” he stated, with out naming Gandhi.
“This isn’t an insult to a girl, however an insult to whole India’s ladies energy, for which those irresponsible leaders must pay the fee.”
BJP president Amit Shah additionally centered Gandhi, accusing him of resorting to “misogyny” and “insulting” ladies. Shah stated the Congress and its leaders owed an apology to “India’s Nari Shakti”.
Union ministers Smriti Irani and Sushma Swaraj additionally tweeted:
BJP IT cellular leader Amit Malviya stated Gandhi betrays the “misogynistic mindset of the Congress”.
Alternatively, even because the BJP attempted to take the ethical prime floor at the factor, their hashtag #BeAMan additionally got here below complaint.
This isn’t the primary time Indian politicians have used the language of misogyny to counter competitors.
After the mutilation of 2 Indian infantrymen in Would possibly 2017, Congress chief Kapil Sibal had questioned if Union Minister Smriti Irani would now “present bangles” to Modi as she had sought after to ship the similar to former Top Minister Manmohan Singh after a an identical killing in 2013, reported IANS.
RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav had in 2015 stated Union Minister Giriraj Singh “will have to be made to put on bangles, vermilion, bindi, and his face will have to be blackened”. He used to be reacting to Singh’s touch upon Sonia Gandhi, wondering whether or not Congress would have authorised her as a pace-setter had she no longer been “white-skinned”.
(With PTI inputs)