Even when India loved Ed Sheeran’s idea of “thinking out loud “, the concept didn’t seem to go very well with few of our parliamentarians. At least not when a lady does the loud thinking in the form of laughter amidst the address of PM in Parliament.
Recently Renuka Chowdhury who is a congress MP was seen laughing out loud during prime minister’s speech, when he claimed that the seed of Adhar was laid by L K Advani in the form of multipurpose identity card in 1988, 20 years ago. Her behaviour may not be very appropriate for the gathering but the way the issue was responded by ruling party members was also not a very befitting one.
This is what followed, in response to her action vice president Venkaiah Naidu intervened immediately; “Go to a doctor please” he retorted to her laughter. There was a squabble between the two. That’s when prime minister mockingly asked the latter to let go and sarcastically mentioned he hasn’t heard such a laughter for a long time since Shoorpanaka’s during Ramayan serial. This led to further tussle, since the character mentioned was a Rakshasi from the mythology Ramayana. There were varied interpretation to the above incident .Some believed those replies were to be taken with a pinch of salt in good humour whereas as others felt it was not the right approach.
The extent to which the individual was personally attacked to put their point across makes one wonder whether it has got to do with the gender of speaker and the patriarchal behaviour was unfortunate from a government who is advocating women’s reservation Bill, a section believed.
This incident stirred a storm across social platform, Many came out with #tag #LaughLikeShoorpanaka and posted their laughing pictures to show their protest against the comments made against the women MP .
@TusharG tweeted “Earlier it was don’t drink and drive now it is don’t drink and laugh for women “.He further wrote on his time line:
“PM is annoyed by women who laugh, Parrikar is scared of girls drinking beer. Yogi offers solution keep them tied to the door post.”
While @annavetticad quoted the famous quote by – Margret Atwood
‘Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill “. With same #tag
Whereas Kiron Kher a lady member of parliament claimed that the incident was blown out and had to be taken as a humorous comment. “Cant PM reply to it in a humorous way after the way he was disrespected “She said. She also added being an independent women, why Renukaji had to hide behind “being a women” and should fight her battles with equal footing with men.
Though this issue occurred some time ago I thought of talking about it now, because it is March and I feel people are little more willing to lend their ears to women oriented topics during this time of the year. Yes, The Women’s Day effect. There are too many discussions about feminism and equality doing the rounds. Equality for me will be when you live in a land:
Where no one changes their attitude to a raised voice according to gender,
When no minds have to raise a doubt like “is it because she is woman”
And no woman feels the need to raise a women card.
Though people might have different views one point needs mention: It’s high time the parliamentarians realise that a nation is watching them with expectation so their conduct and ideologies should set an example to the nation, irrespective of the party or gender they belong.
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