Sharad Yadav talks of ‘saanvli south women… their bodies’

When DMK MP Kanimozhi objected to his remark, he justified the statement saying there was no harm in some non-serious discussion.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Published:March 13, 2015 1:33 am
JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav speaks in Rajya Sabha  on Thursday. (PTI) JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav speaks in Rajya Sabha
on Thursday. (PTI)

JD(U) president Sharad Yadav Thursday launched an exposition about “saanvli (dark)” south Indian women while debating the Insurance bill in Rajya Sabha, but his speech was cut short by friendly interventions.

When DMK MP Kanimozhi objected to his remark, he justified the statement saying there was no harm in some non-serious discussion.

Yadav was criticising the proposal to hike FDI in the insurance sector from 26 per cent to 49 per cent and also “our affinity” to the white skin. He talked about how Leslee Udwin, director of the documentary on the December 16 gangrape, must have “got it easy” acquiring permissions because of her skin colour.

He added: “Your god is dark like Ravi Shankar Prasad (present in the House), but your matrimonial ads insist on white-skinned brides.” To this, Prasad swiftly stood up and said: “There was also a dark man — Mahatma Gandhi who drove the whites (goras) out of the country.”

Yadav followed up saying how the “dark-skinned god (Krishna)” was born beside Yamuna and died in Dwarka, while Gandhi was born there (in Porbandar) and died beside Yamuna (in Delhi).

He then went on to say: “The women of the south are dark but they are… their bodies…”
At this point members sitting around him tried to bring him back to the topic at hand with cries of “Sharadji Bill”. But, Yadav was not finished yet and talked about the “dancing skills” of south India women.

Soon, Trinamool Congress’s Derek O’Brien frantically waved at Yadav to stop.

Yadav is among the most senior members of the House. In fact, when P Rajeeve from the Chair reminded him that he was way past the time allotted to JD(U) to debate the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill 2015, he reminded him of his seniority, saying, “Am I from a party? 50 per cent of the people in this House and that House (Lok Sabha) have got tickets from my hands.”

SP, BSP members also sought indulgence from the Chair, thus allowing Yadav to talk about women.

When Kanimozhi protested, the only one in the 243-member House to do so, Yadav shot back: “Just because it is a serious discussion, it doesn’t mean one has to be serious all the time”.
A clearly upset Kanimozhi appeared all set to press the issue, but NCP’s Praful Patel and O’Brien calmed her down. Just as members started settling down, NCP’s D P Tripathi stood up to quote Kalidas’s description of the ideal beautiful woman who has to be “slim and slightly wheatish”.

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    Achal Md
    Mar 20, 2015 at 6:14 am
    Infact 90% of north indians are dark and mjority are poor. There are more dark skinned people in north than south. Biharis are poorer than africans. Four North indian states have more poor people than entire africa.
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      Ashok
      Mar 13, 2015 at 11:59 am
      Where is Jaya Bachhan?
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        Ashok
        Mar 13, 2015 at 11:57 am
        wHERE IS JAYA BACCHAN?
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          DA
          Mar 13, 2015 at 11:15 am
          Dirty old man. These socialists and their hypocrisies - claim equality, but spout inane stereotypes to prove a point. Disgrace to parliament.
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            Rangaesh Gadasalli
            Mar 13, 2015 at 9:25 am
            It is a shame that this senior leader doe not know that we are a color blind society. we like color depending on what we are seeking.Marrying any one of any compelxion is some one's choice. looking at the farming community of Bengal,am, Karnatak, gujarat,tamil nadu UP and other places,it will show that we are a multi colored society. our godesses are usually white,signifying purity and men gods usually dark skinned showing that black and white are two sides of the same coin. How this leader started talking nonsense while debating an important bill is beyond my imagination. hope he stops this community dividing tactics.
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              guddu
              Mar 13, 2015 at 5:02 pm
              I think we must not pay heed to his statements , he's a repeat offender having made inflammatory ist comment in the past. BTW , he did also praised their dancing prowess .
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                politicalonion
                Mar 13, 2015 at 6:54 pm
                Trying to make a point by gimmicks.
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                  politicalonion
                  Mar 13, 2015 at 1:03 pm
                  Where are the *DTV type, doe e, Hinglish speaking, feminists and their friends?
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                    politicalonion
                    Mar 13, 2015 at 7:07 pm
                    nonsense
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                      kewalchand
                      Mar 13, 2015 at 10:57 pm
                      There is no wonder now why they always ally with Muslims
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                        Kuber Karol
                        Mar 16, 2015 at 9:46 pm
                        I don't think skin colour matters in a largely established democracy like this. I hope South Indian women are not hurt due to his unnaceptable racist comments.
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                          Dr Rathna
                          Mar 13, 2015 at 6:26 pm
                          If Mr Sharad Yadav can talk like this in Parliament, there is no wonder in the statements of Mukesh singh.And i don`t see difference between these two people.
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                            Maitreyee
                            Mar 13, 2015 at 9:58 am
                            Dear Indian Express, why make an issue of a non-issue? Also, there is no concrete information or even quotes in this write up. #JournalismEpicFail
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                              Manish Mishra
                              Mar 13, 2015 at 9:06 am
                              These insects are more dangerous than Nirbhaya rapists. Sharad Yadav, you are the one.
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                                David CHENNAI
                                Mar 14, 2015 at 3:15 pm
                                This is ridiculous and Parliament allows such deranged guys to speak. It is a shame that even now our men have this notion that women can be taken for granted. Kanimozhi should not have stopped with just objecting to his remarks should have referred it to the privileges committee. Happy at least there was one person objected to such remarks.
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                                  I
                                  Mar 13, 2015 at 7:52 am
                                  Persons like Sharad Yadav show they r full of "AHANKAR" Boasting of their seniority and throwing taunts that 50 % of those present got ticketsfrom him(implying they might not have been deserving"and thus trying to brow beat. Thinks waisting parliament time which costs lacks of the tax money.by talking irrelevant to the subject under discussion is his right.Such members shoud be firmly discouraged and told to behave like servants of people from whose taxes they are paid for their luxuries M S BHATIA Chandigarh
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                                    Namasivayam.N
                                    Mar 13, 2015 at 7:33 pm
                                    I am not a fan of Mr.Sharad Yadav. However, I can tell without any ambiguity that what ever he has said about 'dark skin' is not unacceptable. He merely admonished the Indians who are crazy about fair skin and praised the south Indians in his inimitable style. He has elaborated that even though South Indian women are dark they have good dancing skills, good figure etc. He was drawing an analogy between FDI and Indians' liking for a fair skin. I only wonder why the media is making a big issue out of this.
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                                      Nidhi Bhatia
                                      Mar 13, 2015 at 8:39 am
                                      And here is a MAN who was conferred "Best Parliamentarian" award last summer... Is this the "Best Quality .... Dark Brain" ... available in the citadel of Democaracy... :(
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                                        kaka
                                        Mar 13, 2015 at 4:53 am
                                        What is this ? Debate ? Why are we even spending that much on this circus called Parliament ?
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                                          bonaku
                                          Mar 13, 2015 at 3:55 pm
                                          Hmm.. I really don't understand why he is talking about South Indian Women.
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                                            Sai Iyer
                                            Mar 13, 2015 at 9:13 am
                                            Chavunistic Racist... One phrase to describe this.
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