May 27, 2019

Politics of Misogyny

Election does bring out worst in political leaders. The discourse dwindles to new lows. “Nasty woman” comment made by Trump against Hillary Clinton to “prettier campaigners than Priyanka” by Vinay Katiyar. The comments by Katiyar is a word play on the politicalrajdeep merit and value of Priyanka Vadra. In 2014, at Tata Literature Live Festival, Rajdeep Sardesai remarked that Priyanka does politics like an item girl. I do not agree with his usage of words. However, it should be noted that she is just a part time politician thrust onto the election campaign bandwagon. Her area of campaigning is always limited to Gandhi bastions of Amethi and Rae Bareli. She hardly has a PAN UP appeal forget about national presence. Her beefy husband does flex muscle on sweetened land deals. Good looking campaigners can only draw crowds. But crowds at rallies do not get translated into votes always.

Be it Rahul or Priyanka, they do not have the oratory skills to lure crowds. A “Cot-Play” did pull large numbers but the audience ran away with the cots too. It’s no brainer which party has better set of campaigners. The grand old party scores well in looks department. Rahul Gandhi leads the pack. Sachin Pilot, Jyotiraditya Scindia also get decent scores on dynasty’s CGPA. But they are no match for legion of saffron party campaigners. The imbalance is skewed in BJP’s favor.

The Election Commission should penalize leaders for using derogatory language. Election campaigning is a serious activity. Leaders! You cannot take electorates for a ride. (I am not referring to any cycle ride!!).The election dais is not a Koffee With Karan where a Dimple gets to meet Priyanka and Rahul rolls up his sleeves. Eye candy does not matter.

What you bring to the table matters.

Picture Credit:Zee News


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