Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam to BJP MP Smriti Irani: It's only four days of your entry into politics and you have become a political analyst. Aap toh TV pe thumke lagati thi, aaj chunavi vishleshak ban gayi (you were shaking your hips on Tv, and now you have become a psephologist).’’
Narendra Modi during an election rally in Himachal Pradesh made this remark about Sunanda Pushkar wife of Congress' Shashi Tharoor’: “Wah kya girlfriend hai. “Have you ever seen a Rs 50-crore girlfriend?”
Mulayam Singh Yadav addressing a public rally in Barabanki, `“Only women from the affluent classes can get ahead in life, but remember you rural women will never get a chance because you are not that attractive.’’
Muqtar Abbas Naqvi, BJP leader soon after the 26/11 attacks, "Some women wearing lipstick and powder have taken to the streets in Mumbai and are abusing politicians democracy. This is what terrorists are doing in Kashmir.’’
Congress leader Digvijay Singh had tweeted that Arvind Kejriwal is like Rakhi Sawant. They both try and expose but with no substance.
Raj Thackeray on Jaya Bachchan after she asked Maharashtrians to excuse her for speaking in Hindi "Guddi buddhi zhali pan akal aali nahi." (Guddi has grown old but has not attained wisdom with age).
Sriprakash Jaiswal: union coal minister after India's win over Pakistan in T20 championship, "“As time passes, the joy of the victory fades, just like a wife becomes old and loses her charm.
Sushil Kumar Shinde: During a debate on ethnic violence in Assam in the Rajya Sabha, told SP MP, Jaya Bachchan, "Listen carefully sister, this is a serious matter. This is not a filmy subject."
JDU leader Sharad Yadav opposing the Women’s Bill, said that the bill would only benefit the well-off in the cities, describing well-off women as, ‘‘par kati auratein’ (women with short hair)
Thank you to all those who have taken the trouble to read the article and share their thoughts. Out of the arguments made here, there are two that perhaps need answering. So here they go.
1. The first part of the article compares outcomes (relative percentages of population of the religions concerned) irrespective of the process that led to those outcomes - whether immigration, relatively faster population growth or conversions. This was for two reasons. One, to put the figure of 2.3 per cent in "numerical perspective", as the article itself explained. The second reason was that outcomes are ultimately what the crux of debate is about. The rest of the article in any case dealt with process - or conversions in this case, from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
2. Some commenters have tried to cast doubts on the reliability of Census 2001. Those who do this should bear in mind that Census 2001 was conducted by a BJP government. Considering the extreme importance that BJP gives to this issue, it would be reasonable to expect that IF it had perceived a problem with the methodology that was distorting the numbers, it would have fixed it. As the article mentioned, BJP or BJP-supported governments have been in power for 10 of the last 40 years, or about a quarter of the time, and the only reasonable conclusion one can arrive at is that any misreporting of numbers, real or perceived, would be marginal and hence, not of importance.
To all other arguments made, my answer is the following: Please read the article again, with particular focus on the quotations of Vivekananda and Monier Williams, and the history of the missionary efforts in Bengal and their outcome.
Many if these quotes are taken out of context. On women reservation bill Mulayam and Sharad Yadav was pointing out disadvanges suffered by lower class women against the upper class counterpart. It cannot be said sexist. Old brahmanical diversion tactics..
Absolute nonsense above. By no stretch Modi, shinde remarks are sexist. Unless you believe that people should all adopt the same politically correct bleeding heart left liberal way of talking . Exposing the corruption of the feudal elite tharoor spouses is not sexist remarks. And telling that so only shows a fascist mindset.
And the remarks by Diggy baba and raj thakeray also are not really sexist, they are more directed at an individual.
BTW recently DMK leader Kanimozhi said that if Jayalalitha is made PM, entire India will engulf in darkness. Should we consider that as a sexist remark, meant to say that making a woman as PM will put india in dark?
Only Jaiswal, Nirupam and Mukherjee's talk can be considered sexist. And maybe Sharad Yadav - but why dont you also post when they made the remarks? A lot of learning has happend in last many years and awareness of irresponsible talk (like sharad yadav) has come only in recent years and we cannot keep pointing fingers on stupid remarks made long back, unless they resulted in large scale deaths (like Rajiv's big tree falling earth shakes remark)
The disproportionate hyperbole on these statements reflects the hyprocrisy and vanity of the nation. We Indians make up for our lack of long-term vision and objectives by quibbling over pebbles that pinch us on the way.
One of the best comments-which will be branded sexist today-was told by Bush41. When asked why US has had no woman as President, he replied that the law requires a President to be above 40. Since no women will admit she is above 40, it is not possible to have a woman as President.
I did not find Mukherjee's, Modi's, Digvijay's and Shinde's comment sexist.
And Digvijay Singh's comment was top class. A superb one liner.
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