In one of the latest trends across the nation, politicians are the new apparitions of statements which are supposed to come from kids, barely learning to grasp little things from their teachers or parents. At times the cringe in the sentences is so much that it becomes extremely hard for a grown-up individual to actually come to grips with the fact that this was said by a politician.
We will look at bizarre statements which were made by a politician under alien circumstances that didn’t play a crucial role in evoking the words.
1. Virginity is the synonym of purity
Bihar’s health minister, Mangal Pandey claimed that the word ‘virginity’ stands hand in hand with ‘purity’ and Patna’s Indira Gandhi’s Institute of Medical Sciences was correct in asking for the virginity status of their students.
The form had three options which were studded with spelling and grammatical errors. The options were ‘I am a bechelor/widower/vergin (sic), I am married and have only one wife living and I am married to a person who has no other wife living/I am married to a person who has another wife living.
With misogyny written across this form, it seemed that the politicians of the current age are simply following a norm which compels them to make racist and sexist slurs.
In an extremely sad state of affairs where the entire nation was battling the judiciary and the nation-wide patriarchy in order to inflict a death sentence on three rapists, Samajwadi party vanguard, Mulayam Singh Yadav commented, “boys will be boys, they commit mistakes”.
He also went to the extent of blaming the girls for their inappropriate outfits, which was tagged as provocative.
Just when the citizens of the nation were coming to grips with the supremo’s statement, he dropped another explosive comment that cited, “law and order are at its peak in Uttar Pradesh”.
To add to his infamy, he added, “it is impossible for 4 men to rape a woman. I know of many such cases, where 1 person commits the rape and 4 people are named in the report. There are cases where one person commits a crime, 4 brothers in the same family get arrested.”
3. We have black people all around us
Currently, with the raging battle that the world is locked in against racism after the infamous murder of George Floyd, this comment will leave you in disarray coming from a top-class politician.
On March 24 in 2017, as a part of greater mob violence, African students were being beaten up on the basis of a conviction that they were indulging in cannibalistic practices.
“If we were racist, why would we have all the entire South (India) which is… you know Tamil Nadu, you know Karnataka and Andhra… why do we live with them? We have black people all around us”, cited Vijay to Mahesh Shantaram, a Bengaluru-based photographer accusing Indians of being racist.
4. Despite being a woman
While delivering a speech at Dhaka University in Bangladesh alongside Sheikh Hasina, Modi ended up making a very sexist remark that congratulated the Bangladeshi prime minister for dealing with terrorism in a very effective manner despite being a woman. This comment from the Indian prime minister stormed a social media movement with hashtag #despitebeingawoman.
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5. Tunch Maal
In 2013, Congress secretary, Digvijay Singh ended up making a very mordant remark against Rahul Gandhi’s aide, Meenakshi Natrajan, party MP from Mandsaur, labelling her as “sau tunch maal” which when translated draws a comparison of her with the desired object.
He also stated, “Gandhiwadi hain, saral hain, imaandar hain. Sabke paas jaati hain, gaon gaon jaati hain. Rajneetigyon ko thodi si baat me pata chal jaata hai ki kaun farzi hai, kaun sahi hai. Main purana jauhri hoon, ye 100% tunch maal hai.”
6. Rape by 2 men, not gang rape
In 2015, Karnataka prime minister, KJ George stoked up a major controversy by quoting that rape by two men is not considered as gang rape, thereby infuriating a major section of the society. This comment came in the wake of a 22-year-old girl being gang-raped by the driver with the aid of a tempo traveller. This happened in South-East Bengaluru when the lady was returning from work around 10 pm.
7. Rapes linked to the rising population
In 2013, West Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee got involved in a massive controversy that quoted rapes being linked directly to the rising population.
Her exact words were, “You say rape incidents are on the rise. But the population is also swelling. Is the population in the state the same as it was during the tenure of (the state’s second chief minister) BC Roy?”
She also went on to add, “There are more cars now. Shopping malls are increasing. Young boys and girls are becoming more modern.” In fact, in 2012, she glorified rape by quoting, “Earlier, if men and women held hands, parents would reprimand them. Now everything is done openly. It’s like an open market with open options.”
8. The wife becomes old and loses her charm
In a poetry meet, Union Coal Minister, Sriprakash Jaiswal commented that women lose their charm after a few years of marriage. At an event in a women’s college, he quoted, “Nai nai jeet aur nai shadi ka apna alag mahatva hota hai. Jaise jaise samay bitega jeet ki yaden purani hoti jaengi. Jaise jaise samay bitata hai patni purani hoti jati hai, wah maja nahi reh jata hai”. This, when translated, comes to, “A fresh win and a new marriage are important in their own way. As time passes, the joy of the victory fades, just like a wife becomes old and loses her charm.”
9. Rapes occur in India, not Bharat
In a very incendiary comment, Mohan Bhagwat, then chief of Rashtra Swayam Sevak Sangh said that rapes are a reason for socio-economic development that takes its facets from westernization.
His exact statement was, “Crimes against women happening in urban India are shameful. It is a dangerous trend. But such crimes won’t happen in “Bharat” or the rural areas of the country. You go to villages and forests of the country and there will be no such incidents of gang-rape or sex crimes”.
He continued, “Where “Bharat” becomes “India” with the influence of western culture, these type of incidents happen. The actual Indian values and culture should be established at every stratum of society where women are treated as ‘mother’.”
10. Punish women too in rape cases
Another outrageous remark made by SP’s president, Abu Azmi drew severe flak as he quoted, “If a woman is caught (in a rape case), then both she and the boy should be punished. In India, there is a death penalty for rape, but when there’s consensual sex outside marriage, there’s no death penalty against women.”
11. Electricity in villages will curb population
In 2009, former health and family welfare minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad stated that the best way to improve India’s population problem is to provide electricity to village population so that couples will spend their time watching television instead of indulging in the procreation of the specie.
His comment also went on, “In olden days people had no other entertainment but sex, which is why they produced so many children. Today, TV is the biggest source of entertainment. Hence, it is important that there is electricity in every village so that people watch TV till late in the night.”
Finally came the hammer fall as he claimed, “By the time the serials are over, they’ll be too tired to have sex and will fall asleep. Then they won’t get a chance to reproduce. When there is no electricity, there is nothing else to do but produce babies”.