Right after PM Modi urged his audience to post pictures with their daughters on last Sunday’s episode of radio address Mann Ki Baat, the social media was flooded with photos of parents with their daughters and #SelfieWithDaughter zoomed to top trend on Twitter.
Interestingly, there have been rather strong and funny reactions from several quarters of the society for #SelfieWithDaughter, especially the feminists and the media. Kavita Krishnan, the Secretary for the All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA) tweeted “Careful before sharing #SelfiewithDaughter with #LameDuckPM. He has a record of stalking daughters”.
— Kavita Krishnan (@kavita_krishnan) June 28, 2015
Meanwhile Television serial Shararat actress Shruti Seth tweeted “A Selfie is not a device to bring about change Mr PM. Try Reform #SelfieobsessedPM“
Let’s take a minute to understand what is fundamentally wrong and why Feminists are reacting the way they are. It is pertinent to ask the below questions to get an in-depth understanding of the whole fiasco.
1. Why is the PM of India interested in initiatives which are aimed only at uplifting and impressing one gender?
Is it for Vote Bank Politics? Possible and Plausible. You may ask ‘why?’. This is because BJP is inherently known to have a right wing agenda. The right wing ideology and the politics by dividing people based on religions has crossed its shelf life. So, in order to remain in power, it is plausible that they are trying to create a new kind of vote bank by dividing people based on gender rather than religion.
2. Imagine if the PM had asked the people of India to tweet #SelfiewithSon rather than #SelfiewithDaughter during his Mann Ki Baat episode, how would the social media react?
If this had happened, all the media channels would have instantly started screaming that our PM is sexist and political parties like Congress, CPM and others would have conducted dharnas and burnt effigies of the PM and demanded his resignation. While Arnab Goswami would have debated endlessly and portrayed the PM as a villain and a rapist and what not! The social media would have erupted with hatred against PM just like what happened with the Nobel Laureate in New Zealand. This brings several questions to my mind
Why is the media obsessed with women’s issues? Why is it wrong to talk about boys and men and why is it politically correct to show bias against men? How deep is the rot in the system against men?
The media is generally obsessed about women’s issues because it captures more eyeballs and generates more TRP. Every such issue is an opportunity for the media to create a sensation. In the end the idea is to make more money by selling sensationalized news. This has become a trend in the present news channels. One good example is Times Now. It has become more of an entertainment channel rather than a news channel.
The kind of propaganda that has been in place from the 80’s to portray women as victims and men as the perpetrators of crime has influenced the minds of the general public to such an extent that talking about women’s issues is politically correct. This is analogous to talking about secularism. Anything other than these politically correct issues would be treated as a crime. The way things are going, I wouldn’t be surprised if being a man itself becomes a crime in a few years.
The rot against men is systemic and has affected all the public institutions. Judiciary now thinks that men should pay maintenance regardless of whether their wives are well earning or not. Police treats men and their families like criminals without investigations. There have been cases where men committed suicides because they were harassed by the police
3. Why are movie actors unhappy with the PM’s Tweet?
There is nothing surprising how Bollywood behaves. Actors in Bollywood generally try to create controversy where there is none and try to become popular. Looking at the reactions (even if they were negative) that Shruti Seth got for her tweet against #SelfiewithDaughter, there are now several newspaper articles and TV reports about this incident and she is already a hero(ine). This is a tried and tested formula just like the recipes for stories of movies in Bollywood. Take the case of Deepika Padukone when she created controversy with the “My choice” video or when Shakti Kapoor’s daughter, Shraddha Kapoor, when she was talking about how men oppress women or even take the case of our beloved sanskari “Babuji” when he tweeted that Kavita Krishnan is a “Bitch” and immediately took it down.
4. Why are women’s organizations like AIPWA unhappy with the PM’s initiatives even after he goes out of his way to uplift women?
This is a major problem with feminists and women’s organization. They inherently behave like wives. They believe that they can get things done by nagging and this is what seems to be at play here. Imagine that your wife wanted you to do something. Even if you agreed to do it and even if you were in the process of doing it, she would still nag you and mock you. They wouldn’t stop even if you did the damn thing. They would bring it up an year later and then call you names for doing it late. Something similar is happening here. Our PM wouldn’t understand this as he has never stayed with his wife! I am sure he would understand this after a while.
5. Why are media houses twisting the whole issue to look like the feminists are being lynched in the social media for talking pro women?
Indian Express just posted an article claiming that Kavita and Shruti were targeted for supporting women and Firstpost posted its own article in support of Kavita and Shruti here claiming that these women had the right to express their opinion while denouncing Aloknath for expressing his point of view and not respecting women! While it is funny to note that Kavita and Shruti were not respecting men, the journos in these media houses are primarily feminists and it is their part of the systematic agenda to blame and shame men and to create a public opinion against men. There is nothing surprising about this!
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