26 October, 2020

Words Were All It Took

Offensive. Counter-offensive. Counter-counter-offensive. And a small matter of caste.

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Women activists of the BJP protest slurs and threats against Swati Singh and her daughter
Photograph by Nirala Tripathi
Words Were All It Took
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2016-07-29T23:58:06+05:30

It’s now a battle between the “Dalit ki beti” (Mayawati) and the “insaan ki beti” (Swati Singh), as the wife of the abscond­ing BJP leader Daya­shankar Singh has been busy projecting herself, aggrieved by offensive slogans raised by Mayawati supporters. And the BJP believes it has recovered the ground it had lost when Dayashankar seemed to draw a parallel bet­ween prostitutes and Mayawati.

‘DALIT KI BETI’ BSP chief Mayawati

DALIT KI BETI

BSP chief Mayawati

Photograph by PTI

The jury is still out though on whether the BJP has actually retrieved a hopeless situation by pumping up its rhetoric against Mayawati. Last week, it was reduced to tendering an abject apology to Mayawati and expelling Dayashankar from the party. This week, the party has been busy rallying the savarna castes against the perceived...

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