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Pavlovian reflex of MPs to PM Modi remark shatters myth that govt is working for women, says Renuka Chowdhury

Last week, PM Modi reacted to Chowdhury’s laughter during his speech in Rajya Sabha, with the remark, “Ramayan serial ke baad aisi hasi sunne ka ab saubhagya mila hain.

Written by Shalini Nair | Panaji | Updated: February 12, 2018 7:15 am
Pavlovian reflex of MPs to PM remark shatters myth that govt is working for women, says Renuka Renuka Chowdhury outside parliament. (Express file photo: Praveen Jain)

Congress MP Renuka Chowdhury said “the Pavlovian reflex” of male MPs to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks on her laughter shatters the myth created about the government doing a lot for the women in the country.

“Right from Shah Bano to triple talaq, where governments have made rules and broken rules and tried to establish norms for how women should be treated in society, I think by laughing I shattered that myth and fallacy that something is actually being done for women across the country,” Chowdhury told The Indian Express on the sidelines of the Difficult Dialogues gender equality conference in Panaji on Sunday.

Last week, PM Modi reacted to Chowdhury’s laughter during his speech in Rajya Sabha, with the remark, “Ramayan serial ke baad aisi hasi sunne ka ab saubhagya mila hain.

“I have been in the Parliament 32 years till date. If I could be told by no less than the Prime Minister of the country that my laughing has parallels with a supposedly negative character, then the misogyny carries on from Ramayan. After all, the character they drew a parallel with, what was her sin, and still she was punished. … The BJP hasn’t realised that we have turned around and bitten them… Because women in the country have changed. Since the incident women are forming Surpanaka gangs, saying that they do not want to be Sitas anymore, they say, ‘we are Surpanakas and we poke our noise into everything’.”

Commenting on the the male counterparts from her own party who were spotted laughing at the PM’s statement, Chowdhury said they were pulled up by Congress president Rahul Gandhi after which they immediately covered up and said they didn’t understand what was going on.

She said she received support of women MPs from across party lines, except for BJP, with Jaya Bachchan (SP), Vandana Chavan (NCP), Kumari Selja and others accompanying her to meet Rajya Sabha Chairperson M Venkaiah Naidu to lodge a protest. On Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who was the only BJP MP seen not reacting as her male counterparts cheered, she said, “She must know, for she is in a male domain like defence services. I went up to her and said thanks. She simply said, we are all women.”

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  1. Suresh Patani
    Feb 13, 2018 at 6:02 pm
    You yourself invited trouble and now crying for help telling you are women shame on you
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      Krishna
      Feb 12, 2018 at 11:13 am
      You exemplify the Pavlovian mongrel. Why are you still smarting?! So Modi finally got through your rhino hide!
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        vnk
        Feb 12, 2018 at 11:01 am
        Reuka PM ke upar hanse to thik, aur BJP Mps iske upar hanse to galat. Unko hansne ke liye in rakshason ki anumati chahiye kya?
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        1. Kim Sharma
          Feb 12, 2018 at 10:57 am
          What Modi did to India? 1) Almost all sectors of economy are in shambles meanwhile, desperate efforts to dress up statistics continue and even dub incremental growths as marvels! 2) Failure to meet fiscal deficit target points to weak financial health of Govt of India 3) Sluggish investment and revenue growth 4) So pathetic in terms of creation that govt desperately in es employment figures by adding even pakoda ers and sectors hitherto never part of labour data 5) Kashmir has been messed up to such an extent that the valley witnessed unrest for months. (Earlier, the situation was very much under control as was proved by increasing tourist visits to Kashmir in the last decade.) 6) Prolonged unrest in Darjeeling too attests to poor leadership and pathetic conflict resolution skills as had been witnessed in Kashmir in the aftermath of Burhan Vani's killing
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          1. David Finch
            Feb 12, 2018 at 10:55 am
            Women Card? Shame on You.
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