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No GST on laughter, don’t need permission to laugh: Renuka Chowdhury

"I had challenged the authority with my laughter. Parliament makes laws, but we need to educate the lawmakers on how to treat women as their equals and that they are here in their own rights. Parliament is a reflection of what our society is," Renuka Chowdhury said.

By: PTI | Panaji | Published: February 11, 2018 4:27 pm
Narendra Modi's Ramayana jibe on Renuka triggers Mahabharata between Congress, BJP Renuka Chowdhury and Prime Minister Modi

Hitting back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his “Ramayana” jibe at her in Parliament, Congress MP Renuka Chowdhury today said there was no GST on laughter and that she did not need anyone’s permission to laugh. She also said that Modi’s remarks against her showed his mindset towards women.

The former Union minister said she received a huge support from women across the country after Modi’s remarks over her laughter. “There were hashtags like #Laugh like Surpankha, #Lol is a passe and #Laugh Like Renuka Chowdhury. I am a five-time MP and the prime minister draws a parallel of me with a negative character. But he forgets that the women today have changed and they know how to speak for themselves. This shows his mindset towards women,” she told reporters.

Chowdhury was speaking to the media on the sidelines of the “Difficult Dialogues” conference on gender Panaji. The MP said people’s support had been her base throughout her public life. “If you are right, it resonates all over. That’s what is happening now…There is no rule on how and when. You laugh…and there is no GST on laughter. I don’t require permission to laugh after being a five-time MP. I have shattered the myth of being stereotyped,” she added.

On a lighter note, Chowdhury said her laughter had always been spontaneous but now, she had become conscious about it. “I had challenged the authority with my laughter. Parliament makes laws, but we need to educate the lawmakers on how to treat women as their equals and that they are here in their own rights. Parliament is a reflection of what our society is,” she said.

Chowdhury added that she had challenged the authorities years ago by performing her father’s last rites. “My father had raised me as a citizen of this country and not as a boy or a girl,” she said.

Last week, the prime minister had taken a dig at Chowdhury in the Rajya Sabha, saying her laughter reminded him of television serial “Ramayana”.

As Chowdhury laughed loudly during the prime minister’s speech, prompting Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to chide her, Modi had urged Naidu not to act against her as he had the privilege of hearing such a laughter after the popular television serial, which was first aired in the 80s.

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  1. Krishnamurti Venkataraman
    Feb 12, 2018 at 9:29 am
    Disruption of parliamentary proceedings especially when PM is addressing is a great crime. Just because you are close to Gandhis and a woman you are not be excused. No GST but you have to be pay penalty. As a non political common man I have decided to canvas against you in next election even though weak at 82. Venkataraman
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      Ramesh pilot
      Feb 12, 2018 at 7:55 am
      Renuka jee ,with Rahul as a leader Congress party is like sinking ship . This kind of cheap comments only reflects your own character. Don't try to demean your PM.
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      1. Rohit Chourasia
        Feb 12, 2018 at 7:55 am
        When someone is giving speech and you laugh very loudly , clearly purpose is to disrupt the speech. So speaker passing comment on you to move on.. Whats wrong with that.
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        1. Srinivasan Da
          Feb 12, 2018 at 5:33 am
          Surpanaja in Ramayan did not indulge in slippering adversaries. She could have laughed but no mention of her slippering adversaries in Ramayan.
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          1. India First
            Feb 12, 2018 at 4:54 am
            There is no permission required to slap you either or run your rude ar se over is there???? But common sense and the law must be followed. But yiu broke rules of common sense as an elected representative and you dont get elected to be rude to our PM. You get elected to get work done. If you want to practice being rude...get lost on the streets and try laughing at people on the street and see how they react. You will wind up in a mental hospital or a regular hospital quickly. Dont push our luck. You are not welcome.
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            1. India First
              Feb 12, 2018 at 4:56 am
              Dont push YOU LUCK!!!!!!!
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              1. S.RAMESH Agange
                Feb 12, 2018 at 8:44 am
                I fully agree.
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