On June 15, HRD Minister Smriti Zubin Irani shared a hard-hitting post on Facebook that has resonated with many. The post was made after the minister had a Twitter spat with Bihar Congress president Ashok Choudhary for addressing her as “dear”. Irani clearly didn’t appreciate his usage of the word, to which she responded fiercely.
In her long message, she talks about how women are told to not raise their voice even if they feel uncomfortable in a situation. “…many girls who would walk to school / college and back home every day, go to the bazaar to get groceries and adequate sabzi in a given budget, would often be told if accosted by a boy or a bunch of them, don’t look up and keep walking straight. Don’t respond or retort no matter how humiliated you feel. But there would be those rebellious kinds (yours truly included), who would question why? Why not respond? Why zip it? The standard answer such a question begets is ‘It is not worth it. Nuksaan tumhara hoga , ladke ka kuch nahi bigadega’,” she wrote, adding how working women have to constantly face hurdles in a competitive environment just because of their gender.
Her post has gone viral with over 3,000 shares and nearly 7,000 likes in less than 24 hours. Surprisingly, most of the commenters on the post were men who have outshone women in reacting to the post.
PS: We believe, she won the Internet with her “Aunty National” sign off!