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Jayati Godhawat

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UP CM, Akhilesh Yadav, Body-Shames BSP Chief Mayawati

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  •  January 30, 2017


Sexism in Indian politics is not unknown to us. Politicians in India very “proudly” demean and insult women.

Just a few days ago, Sharad Yadav, Janata Dal (United) President, very easily commented on how her daughter’s honor and pride is less than the honor of a vote.

“Beti ki izzat se vote ki izzat badi hai.” “If the honor of the daughter goes then the honor of the village/mohallah goes, but if you sell your vote then the whole nation loses its honor and all our future dreams vanish.”

And, now the young Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav, allegedly retorted with a sexist and body-shaming remark when asked whether Bahujan Samajwadi Party led by Mayawati could have been part of the alliance.

Akhilesh Yadav replied,

“Jagah kaise de dete unhe? Kitni jagah leti hain vo, unka toh chunav chinh hathi hai.” (How could we have given space to her (Mayawati)? She takes so much space, even her party symbol is an elephant.)

This happened at the launch event of the Congress-Samajwadi Party (SP) alliance in Lucknow.

But, of course, like most of the times, it was “the media” who misunderstood and misinterpreted.  In this case, too, CM of UP clarified in a statement that he was being misquoted:

“There have been incorrect reports in the media that UP CM Akhilesh Yadav made a derogatory remark on BSP chief Mayawati. We strongly and unequivocally deny them. The CM’s comments have been taken out of context. Akhilesh Yadav did not name Mayawati at all as some media articles are falsely reporting. The Chief Minister implied that BSP, in the case of political alliances, asserts for a large number of seats which leaves little for alliance partners. Akhilesh Yadav has always been polite and respectful towards one and all, especially those senior to him and women in particular.”

Which story is true and which is false, that we’ll leave up to you to decide. However, one cannot deny the fact that many of the politicians in our country are sexist and misogynist who are only feeding the already deep-rooted rape culture in India.

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