Women in Shaheen Bagh
Protest at Shaheen Bagh in Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
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By the looks of what’s happening in India, it seems the real fight of the Narendra Modi government’s supporters is with the women. Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone’s visit to JNU rattled them. She didn’t make any statement but her act of meeting JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh exploded like a time bomb. Social media only had abuses for Deepika. It resorted to character assassination and used its biggest weapon to do that: a list of Deepika’s former lovers.

Renowned Hindi writer Krishna Sobti said about her romantic relationships, during an interview, that she had never had the bad fortune of having only one lover in her life. This response should make it clear for the supporters of Modi government that a 21st century woman isn’t just quick-witted but also recognises her political and economic power. She has the ability to change the world on her own. She won’t hesitate to speak in favour or against of an ideology.

The Modi government’s supporters also couldn’t understand that Deepika Padukone’s silent solidarity was like an ancient warrior’s act who just stands quietly and realises her strength. All they could do, in response, was abuse her. But can you scare a woman by abuse?

Also read: Deepika Padukone showed you can rattle power with silence too – if you just stand up

Changing politics

It’s time to understand the changing political consciousness of women. Until a few years ago, mothers and grandmothers could name only Indira Gandhi as a political symbol. It was not that there weren’t enough women in politics before, but ordinary women were not politically active the way they are now.

Following CAA and NRC protests, women across the country have openly voiced their views. And they come from all walks of life. Be it business tycoon Kiran Mazumdar Shaw or Bollywood actors Swara Bhasker, Richa Chadda, Taapsee Pannu, Parineeti Chopra, Chitrangada Singh, Deepika Padukone, Sonakshi Sinha, Instagram stars or the women from Shaheen Bagh — everyone has voiced their protest openly. These are women from every section of society, every caste and religion. They are unhappy with the culture of violence in India and the political parties need to wake up fast.

This is the first time women of India are not waiting for a woman or a feminist man to lead them. All these women who have stood up today are leaders in their respective fields and they are aware of their power. One film actor clearly said that with more power comes more responsibility. Not only are these women contributing to India’s growth with their economic success, but they are also motivating the youth with their political awareness.

In the last five years, a new class has emerged on social media in support of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). This class counters every voice raised in opposition to the Modi government with abuses. And if there are abuses, then obviously it will be against women. Even if their target is a male, the abuses are still aimed at the women of his family. But there’s another class that has emerged at the same time – that of women.

Women in homes who had no one to listen to their political views found space on social media. If they did not like the policies of the Modi government, they spoke up. But the supporters of the government had only one response – abuses. They abused them wholeheartedly, thinking they will force the women into silence.

Also read: Low caste, loose morals – UP’s ‘rape capital’ Unnao blames its victims for sex crimes

Abuse is their only response

But what do men want to prove by abusing the organ that has created the entire humankind? The fraud of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and ‘Yatra Narayastu Poojayante’ is for everyone to see. It has been proven that men do not have the ability to even talk to women. Men repeat these pleasant slogans to hide their frustration; similarly, the Modi government’s policy has made a weapon out of slogans like ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’. Nothing compensates the filthy abuses hurled at women under the guise of these good slogans.

Get off the throne, women are coming. These are not weak women carrying clothes wrapped in a bundle asking for directions; these are women who understand their power and strength. Your politics are of the old, rotten patriarchal kind. The politics of these women is futuristic. You should remember that in Finland, a 34-year-old woman has become the prime minister. It’s Finland’s education system that every country is talking about emulating, not yours.

Gradually, every system will be reversed. All crowns will be tossed, all tables will be turned. Women, with their hair swirling about them, do not aspire for a crown; for them, the pride on their face is the crown of power.

This article has been translated from Hindi. Read the original here.

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  1. Never ever take a cuckoo blabber, thoughts or fantasy for real. No one will take a mentally challenged to understand or engage in a dialogue. Feel sorry for these creatures that do not know that they do not know.

  2. It’s interesting to note the reaction of bhaktas even on an article which speaks about increasing women’s awareness about social and political issues. True adherents of RSS ideology, these bhaktas get angry even at the idea of women raising any independent issues!

  3. An important point that is often left out: CAA and NRC is deeply anti-women. First because women typically lack papers, be it refugees from another country or residents of this country. Often their identity is erased after marriage and they become “pannu-ki-ma” – how can they be expected to prove link to their ancestors? Another reason is that tracing antecedents through the maternal line is not accepted – at least as implemented in Assam – and there is no reason to believe that it will be different elsewhere. Fatherless children will be very very vulnerable and I would hate to be the woman who herself will make it to the list but whose children will be dragged away because her husband abandoned her. no wonder women are leading this movement.

  4. The very interesting comments prove the veracity of the article. The current protests are led by women and implicitly embody, one one hand the anxiety of mothers for the future of their children in a hindu-rashtra, and on the other hand the rage we feel at the raging rape crisis and the complicity of hindutva patriarchy, which , it must be said, is hand-in-glove with mullah-patriachy – see how they elicited the immam of jamma masjid to denounce the anti-CAA protests.

  5. After her film’s 2-3 years she will not repeat it unless she again needs publicity.
    In india rather than doing one’s job with dedication and with interest of the society in mind, protest for publicity is the best time pass.

  6. Yet another transparent attempt at manufacturing a narrative out of thin air by the looney left. The leftists believe that what matters is the narrative that can be manufactured and spread, truth be damned – an art perfected by the communists and the Nazis. This is part of the curriculum in their toxic labs like the JNU. The truth is that it has been the left that has been denying the rights of Muslim women (triple talaq) and the women of J&K (article 370 and 35A). But these lefties are filled with so much venom in their hearts that it is their nature to deliberately manufacture and push lies onto us – they must have a very low opinion of our intellect.

  7. If nothing else, this should lay to rest to the fairy tale that triple talaaq will win the grateful votes of millions of ecstatic burqa clad women.

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