21 September, 2020

Rule Of Misogyny?

What, many ask, can you expect of a man who does not even ack­nowledge his wife?

Sanjay Rawat
Rule Of Misogyny?
outlookindia.com
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One of Modi’s campaign ads—and I say Modi’s, not BJP’s because the campaign is consciously structured around the individual and not the party—warns the government that “janta maaf nahin karegi”. It’s a powerful ad, an angry woman speaking out at what she sees as the government’s failure to protect women, which anger will bring the government down. The implicit promise is the government that hopes to replace the current one will somehow magically be different.

But will it? What, many ask, can you expect of a man who does not even ack­nowledge his wife? To me, this is not the most impor­tant question; thousands of Indian men do not acknowledge their wives, run parallel hou­se­holds without one knowing about the other.

More sinister are the other indicators: the right-wing in India—the RSS and bjp—have never supported women. In their proudly masculinised world, women are a shadowy presence, assuming importance only when they come out in support of their men. So, violent...

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