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Gruesome Drivel, PN Benjamin and Deccan Herald

May 29, 2009

Recently, I was forwarded an article titled “Gruesome and escalating violence on women” by one Mr. P N Benjamin in Deccan Herald news paper.

Looking at the title, I could immediately discern it as feminist propaganda garbage. The opening statement read something like – “The recent chilling front page report of the police shielding the accused in a dowry case…”

I was “stuck” by this statement. I do not know which incident this P.N. Benjamin was referring to. But if any objective person looks at the reality on the ground, day in and day out, thousands upon thousands of innocent and defenseless citizens across the length and breadth of our country are being mercilessly arrested, incarcerated, presumed guilty and tormented for endless years based on mostly false complaints registered by disgruntled women.

Not surprised. This is the standard feminist fare – take some isolated case and peddle it as the mainstream, so as to intimidate the police, judiciary and politicians to tow the party line.

Then Benjamin goes on to write –

“One cannot help but be struck by the off-hand way in which generally a young woman’s life and death is summed up, matter-of-factly, without any undue cause for alarm or probing of the causes. It is as much as one would report a traffic accident or the death of a cancer patient — tragic certainly, but such things are to be expected.”

In India, at the present moment, a young married woman’s death is anything but un-sensational. Not a day goes by without one coming across a report of some married woman’s death somewhere “sensationally” repackaged as “dowry death”. It does not matter what the true cause of the death is. In the first instant, the entire family of the husband is rounded up and incarcerated. Then, to the eternal shame of our country’s civic credential, these defenseless citizens are presumed guilty as charged and made to fight the deep-pocketed and corrupt prosecution in the courts run by equally corrupt judiciary.  By the time the case is resolved, reams of journalistic garbage would have been written; thousands of rupees of the public monies would have been spent; scores of lives would have been ruined; and quite possibly some innocent persons may even have been jailed, particularly if they were indigent and could not afford the best defense money could buy.

When such a ruckus is created in the society upon the death of a young married woman, how could this charlatan of Benjamin make a claim that young woman’s life and death are paid no attention by the society? Obviously, this is a falsehood. What, then, is the reality that this self-proclaimed champion of women’s rights is trying to obscure?

Let me illustrate by replacing one word in his statement (“man” for “woman”) which then would read as follows – “One cannot help but be struck by the off-hand way in which generally a young man’s life and death is summed up, matter-of-factly, without any undue cause for alarm or probing of the causes. It is as much as one would report a traffic accident or the death of a cancer patient — tragic certainly, but such things are to be expected.”

How true! Now, the sentence makes sense; and that is the reality this charlatan is trying to obscure. Every year, 56000 married males end their lives unable to withstand the pressures of domestic violence, social hostility, lack of support and unreasonable expectations placed on their shoulders by the society. The tragic deaths of Pushkar Singhs, Syed Mukdooms are neither sexy enough for the mainstream media,  nor sensational enough for the state prosecutors nor sad enough to move the heartless judiciary. These human beings who were sacrificed at the altar of feminist fraud are the true faceless statistic.

As I read further through this piece of garbage, I could not help but notice this whole rant revolved around the D word (Dowry).  How is it that years after noted and pioneering woman’s rights activist Ms Madhu Purnima Kishwar adequately exposed the politics around dowry (link here), the sundry practitioners of pussy politics like the author of this drivel getting away with converting every woman’s issue into that of Dowry harassment? That too, in the mainstream media!

Could it be that the feminist machinery is feeling the heat as more and more mainstream media and civil society are coming forward to expose the “dowry harassment” blackmail racket? Quite possibly!

Coming back to PN Benjamin, is this pseudo-intellectual dunce really interested in the women’s welfare? If indeed he was, why was there no mention of the plethora of real and more serious problems faced by women in our country? Issues like –

–          deaths in childbirth

–          access to education

–          access to healthcare

–          extreme poverty

–          human trafficking

–          forced prostitution

–          forced marriages

–          extravagant marriages

–          child marriages

No! None of the above serious issues are of major concern for our Private Benjamin. And indeed, none of the above issues are of major concern for most of the loud mouthed feminists of our country. In fact, the bulk of the cases of use (or abuse) of the legislation (dowry related and DV legislation) has been by the middle class women of our country. As a segment, the middle class women of our country would hardly ever face any of the problems mentioned above. They, as a group, are in the best circumstance with regards to education, access to healthcare, and financial security. Disgruntled and brainwashed women from this segment constitute the best foot soldiers for the pursuit of feminist agenda. It is no wonder then that all legislation is targeted to this segment, so that more and more of them misuse the provisions of the legislation and wreak havoc on the society. And do that while playing victim, because they have the wherewithal to execute this scheme properly.

Where do the “Benjamins” of the media fit in the grand feminist scheme? They are nothing but bots strategically placed in mainstream media by the feminist political machinery to poison the public opinion. These dummies have the language skills, but lack the intelligence and honesty required to analyze the intricacies of socio-economic-political issues of our complex society.  However, that doesn’t seem to matter much. They still are making handsome careers peddling garbage, as our Private Benjamin has done in this article.

Renuka’s Roundtable Farce

June 23, 2008

Below is the letter sent out by the Ministry of WCD inviting men’s groups to attend a roundtable to be hosted on June 25, 2008.

 

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Date : 17 June, 2008

Subject: Round Table on building partnerships with men to promote Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality

 

The Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India and UNIFEM cordially invite you to a round table to discuss strategies on building partnerships with men to promote gender equality and prevent gender based violence on 25th June 2008 as below.

 

Women’s empowerment and gender equality has been identified as key issues in reducing poverty and contributing to the economic development of the country. In spite of several decades of attention to mainstream gender concerns in development policy and practice, gender inequalities that disadvantage girls and women persist in society, including unequal access to education, health care, and income. Gender based violence is an issue, which almost all parts of our society have been forced to confront. It destroys human rights, reverses gains in development, and devastates families and communities. No community is immune to gender based violence – it affects all ages, classes, castes and social groups. It is for this reason that efforts at building more gender equitable society have focused on gender based violence as a fundamental area of concern and policy intervention. While many of these measures are gradually showing positive results, ideas of gender discrimination in the area of violence prevention and gender equality face resistance at several levels.

 

There is urgent need to broaden these interventions to include young boys and men to promote ideas of gender equality and justice.

 

 

 

Observe UNIFEM is sponsoring this charade. The invitations were sent on 17th June, 2008, which indicates the agenda for the meet was set much earlier than that. What more proof do you want that UNIFEM is actively subverting the very foundations of our society by financing and promoting legislative abominations like PWDVA? Most of the Feminazis of India are financed by the UNIFEM, most prominent of them being the architect of PWDVA, Ms Indira Jaising. The misery spread by this particular legislation will be felt for generations unless the citizens and civil society revolt against this madness in large numbers.

 

Most of the gobbledygook in the Ministry’s letter is a straight faced lie if you pick it apart. Gender based violence is a myth propagated by the evil radical feminists who stand to profit from the Domestic Violence Industry. It is anybody’s guess how the “poorly drafted Domestic Violence Act” would address the so-called hypothetical inequalities faced by women in access to education, healthcare and income?

 

It is true, gender based violence destroys human rights, reverses gains in development, and devastates families and communities. Can there be any better example for gender based violence than filing of false cases, in their thousands, by women in collusion with the state machinery, to terrorise the ordinary, law-abiding citizens and families?

 

The letter states – No community is immune to gender based violence – it affects all ages, classes, castes and social groups. How true! With the massive doses of tax-payer funded feminist propaganda, reaching out to far corners of the country, a lot more women living in tranquil family settings are likely to fall prey to this fallacious notion of victimhood.  Once they start unleashing “legal terrorism”, there would be no community that would remain immune to this social disaster of unparalleled proportions that is waiting to engulf our country.

 

Note the words, “gender equitable” – lest one may ask for gender neutrality in the legislation. That more women in domestic relationship face violence than men is a lie propagated by the feminist propaganda machine. This has never been proven in any study. Even if you accept this false premise, what about the small percentage of men who do face domestic violence. Don’t they deserve any protection from the law? In fact, a woman who dares to approach the police claiming domestic violence, in all likelihood is herself the aggressor. Now, look at the double whammy for the male victim of domestic violence – he has to undergo all the penal consequences imposed on the aggressor, while silently suffering the domestic violence on him with no recourse to justice from any quarter.

 

The ministry’s letter states that many of their policy interventions are gradually showing positive results. Which interventions, are they talking about that have shown positive results? Most interventions so far have been unmitigated disasters. Let the statistics speak for themselves. Let me give couple of examples of the great strides made by the WCD –

 

– More than 100,000 thousand innocent women have been arrested in the last four years.

– The number of cases under kidnapping and abduction of women and girls is 23,228 in 2004; 24,373 in 2005; 27,307 in 2006 – a steady increase under the watchful eye of Renuka Chaudhary and her successful policy interventions.

 

While the grinding poverty of lower class citizens of our country, who are left behind in the economic boom, is forcing them to sell their daughters into prostitution, the urban profiteers of the Domestic Violence Industry like Indira Jaising are manufacturing fictitious accounts of Domestic Violence against women to make handsome profits at the expense of social tranquility. How much money was spent since the passage of PWDVA for spreading awareness, for sensitization programs of police and judiciary and for the appointment of the so called protection officers? How much money was doled out to the so called service providers? How many lawyers are having a field day exploiting the legal loopholes in the intentionally poorly drafted law?

 

The letter further states – There is urgent need to broaden these interventions to include young boys and men to promote ideas of gender equality and justice.

 

Oh! No!! There is no need for the Government to fret and sweat about that. Not really!

The NGOs under the umbrella organization of Save Indian Family Foundation are already giving voice to the disenfranchised male and female victims of the state sponsored legal terrorism. The evil radical feminists thought that the victims of their gender-biased, state sponsored legal terrorism would somehow keep quiet, curse their own fates and get on with their lives. Instead, they have formed a strong and sustainable coalition that is growing stronger as the Government continues to plays deaf and blind to their plight.

 

In fact, if there is any, there is urgent need to stop this constant drumbeat of women’s victim hood, so the credulous population would stop believing that their girl child’s life would be a miserable existence with no hope. This will go a long way in reducing the scourge of female foeticide.

 

Renuka Chowdhary’s Landmark Hogwash to be held on June 25, 2008

June 21, 2008
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Here is the news item – Men Wail on Renuka’s Shoulders, flashed across media outlets that Renuka Chowdhary, minister for WCD, has decided to invite 100 men’s and Family activists to hear their feedback on the “poorly drafted” PWDVA.
Here is a pic of the hon’ble Minister for WCD:
Here is the snippet from the news item –
New Delhi, June 20: Women and child development minister Renuka Chowdhary has called a first-of-its-kind-meeting with male activists demanding modifications to laws that they claim are flawed and biased against men.
Top ministry officials said they do not expect Chowdhary to yield to the demand from male groups for “gender-equal” laws, though some of their proposals may be considered. Instead, the minister could use the forum to try and explain to men “the need for laws favouring women”.
Here are public questions concerning the participants of this Landmark Hogwash, that we would like the Ministry to answer –
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1.  Who are these 100 so called “men’s activists” that have been handpicked for invitation?
2. To what NGOs do they belong?
3. What is their track record in public activism to protect the rights of elders, children, men and families?
4. Are they in receipt of any monetary incentives from either the Govt funds or from the charity monies flowing to the women’s groups?
5. What are their proposals and feedback regarding the “clumsily drafted” PWDVA?
6. Did they consult any victims of “legal terrorism” in arriving at these proposals?
7. What happened to the multitude of representations made by several NGOs listed in the letter below?
8. What action has been taken on these representations?
9. Who else is invited to this meeting along with the above 100 stooges?
10. If the ministry officials do not expect Chowdhary to yield to the demands from male groups, then why is this charade?
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Below is the letter sent by one of the senior family rights activist – Vinayak
Letter to the Minister (WCD) Mrs Renuka Chowdhary
21/06/08
To,
Honorable Mrs. Renuka Choudhury,
Minister, Government of India,
Ministry of Women and Child Development,
Shastri Bhavan `A’ Wing,Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road,
New Delhi-110001
Respected Madam,
Sub : Review of Domestic Violence Act, 2005 on 25th June 2008
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This is in connection to the review meeting and the article in The Telegraph
Men wail on Renuka’s shoulders
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1080621/jsp/nation/story_9442489.jsp
It is extremely surprising that though NONE of the below NGOs fighting for family harmony and male rights have been invited for the 25th June 2008 review meeting on Domestic Violence Act 2005, till date.
Organizations working towards stoppage of misuse of Dowry Laws and Legal Terrorism in India and promoting family and marital harmony.
1. Save Indian Family Foundation (SIFF), Bangalore: 0934285323538/ 09845143724
2. Save Family Foundation (SFF), Delhi: 9810611534 / 9911119113
3. Gender Human Rights Society, Delhi : 9899329991 / 9811052770
4. Manushi, Delhi : 011-23978851 / 9350041502
5. Men Cell, Delhi : 9810170681 / 9868142608
6. Mothers and Sisters Initiative (MASI), Delhi : 9818454928
7. Save Innocent Mother and Sister (SIMS), Bangalore:093420413 82
8. Protect Indian Family (PIF), Mumbai : 09869323538 / 09821414336
9. Men Rights Protection, Mumbai : 09892668560
10. Bharat Bachao Sangathan, Kolkata : 09830151555
11. Protect Men’s Right, Kerala : 09387052990 / 0484230478
12. Sahana, Hyderabad:098482803 54 / 09908578457
13. Asha Kiran, Bangalore: 080-65334135
14. Kutumb Rakshna Vedike, Bangalore : 09886934853
15. Protect Men’s Rights, Orissa : 0943708337
16. Pati Pariwar Kalyan Samiti, Lucknow : 09839097522
17. Rakshak, USA/Delhi : 9810452017
18. My Nation, Dubai/USA: 0096-53869295
19. Pirito Purush Pati Parishad Kolkata : 09433094337 / 09231529437
20. All India Forgotten Women, Hyderabad : 09704683163
21. Gujarat Gaurav Raksha Samiti (GGRS) : Vijay Wadhwani
22. The Akhil Bharatiya Patni Atyachaar Virodhi Sangh (ABPAVS), Gujarat
23. Association of Protection of Mens Rights, Chennai
24. Child Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting, Bangalore (CRISP)
25. Peoples United Relationship Enhancement, Mysore (PURE)
26. Save Indian Family Organisation Rajasthan, Jaipur
27. Purushak Sangrashan Sanstha, Nasik
Various NGOs from the above list have already submitted their memorandums separately in February 2008 on the comments on the review of Domestic Violence Act 2005, and till date NONE of the above NGOs have received the invitation to join the review committee on 25th June 2008.
It is even more surprising then who are these 100 male activists who have been invited in the meeting? An RTI is also being filed to know the credentials of these 100 Male activists, the NGOs to which they belong, the NGOs websites and their memorandums and what have these NGOs done for the male rights till date.
Awaiting an early response from your end as it is already 21st June, 2008 and it take some time for these above NGOs for preparation for the 25th June 2008 Domestic Violence Review Meeting.
Thanking you,
Yours sincerely,
Vinayak

Sonia Un-Gandhi’s Stratagem

February 22, 2008

Sonia Gandhi, UPA chairperson, congress supremo and the de-facto ruler of India, has issued not so subtle a suggestion [sic] to Chidambaram, the finance minister – dispense generously the tax-payer funded largesse to the radical feminist outfits and to their agendas. To couch her radical agenda in palatable terms, she threw in the words “common man” and “farmers”, both of whose lives have become immensely intolerable under her rule in spite of the phenomenal 8-9% growth rates India has achieved.

What is the record of Sonia led UPA Government in keeping social harmony in the country? Having exhausted other bankrupt vote bank ideas, they have latched onto the last frontier in divide and rule stratagem – of dividing the basic, fundamental building block of our ancient society – the family. By importing the thoroughly disgraced western, extremist, radical feminist ideologies, the Sonia led UPA Government has embarked on a destructive trajectory to rob our traditional society of its dignity and peace.

The existence of IPC Sec 498a in our law books in its present form cannot be justified under any norms of dispensation of justice. Adding insult to the injury, the Sonia led UPA Government have introduced yet another family decimating, poorly drafted legislation in the form of PWDVA. Time and again, the judiciary witnessing the patent abuse of the legal process, breeding unchecked corruption in its wake, has appealed to the government to amend these laws. The accused citizens are rendered defenseless against the massive Government machinery out to persecute them. Summary arrests are the norm. Many documented instances have come to light wherein this draconian legal provision has been unleashed to settle personal scores and as weapons of extortion.

The statistics speak for the national shame that is perpetrated under the guise of women protection laws under the Congress regime. In the last four years under the Congress rule, more than 90,000 WOMEN were arrested and sent to custody for no apparent violation of law. The number of suicides by males in every age group studied outnumbered the number of suicides by females in those respective age groups. Nearly twice as many married men in the prime of their youth, committed suicide compared to married women in the years 2004 and 2005. Most of these suicides are directly attributable to the misuse of poorly drafted “women protection laws” which are amenable to misuse and corruption.

To further their objectives of dividing the peaceable population on the basis of gender, the Sonia led UPA Government has co-opted the services of the radical feminist organizations of the country like Councial of Social Research and Lawyers Collective. They act as the mouthpieces for the massive, Gobbelian propaganda denigrating whole sections of Indian society as greedy bride burners; and portraying all women in India to be helpless victims of male violence.

There are several laws in our books which were made nearly two hundred years ago by our colonial rulers. For example, take the adultery law. When adultery is committed by a married woman, the man party to the adultery is treated as criminal and not the woman. Many women have successfully used this provision to blackmail vulnerable men. Sonia led UPA Government pretends ignorance of abuse of these and other anachronistic laws. Sonia led UPA Government and their cohorts at NCW, like Girija Vyas perpetuate the myth that women are victims always – even when a woman abuses the laws to deliberately inflict maximum harm on other women and children.

Utilizing the massive Government machinery and tax-payer funds, Sonia led UPA Government is engaged in brainwashing women living in tranquil family settings to believe they are victims. They are encouraged to unleash legal terrorism against their husbands and in-laws, for any perceived or petty grievance. Once the family gets entangled in the corrupt criminal justice system, there is no chance of any reconciliation or restoration of family life. Many women have fallen victim to this propaganda and broken their families.

Family is the basic building block of any society, but it is much more than that in the case of traditional and ancient society like the Indian. Family provides the social security across generations. Sonia led UPA Govt feels no compunctions in destroying that basic building block on the same lines as has been accomplished in the west. As long as their coffers are filled with vote banks, nothing else matters to them.

All thinking individuals must ponder these – Does India have the infrastructure and wealth to put in place the social security that is destroyed when a misplaced legislation like PWDVA or ipc498a precipitates in the destruction of our time tested family system? Should we allow an alien cultural invader like Sonia Gandhi to tread roughshod over our way of life by destroying our culture and supplanting it with an alien non-culture?

Social Ostracism of 498a Women and Their Families

February 16, 2008
Section 498a of Indian Penal Code has become the consummate embodiment of gross human rights violation, blackmail, extortion and corruption. What makes this section particularly amenable to all of the above is that it assumes the accused to be guilty until proven innocent. “Guilty until proven innocent” may appear on the surface to be not such a big deal, but it is the root cause of the intense corruption surrounding this section.  Enough analysis has been done on the abuses perpetrated under this section. The final nail in the portrayal of this abuse was driven when the apex court of our country, the Supreme Court, termed the abuse of Sec 498a as “Legal Terrorism”. Now, Section 498a has become synonymous with the term Legal Terrorism.

However, not enough has been written about the perpetrators of this abuse and how civil society must deal with them. Although, you hear an occasional news article condemning the abuse, in most cases, the media has been selectively biased in reporting the truth about these abuses or the abusers. Journalistic ranks have been infiltrated by the radical feminist elements. They regurgitate the same platitudes, occasionally recycling the same old tired stories of victimhood of women in our society, to justify the continuance of such illegitimate legislation in our legal regime. Rarely do you see anyone questioning the motives or background of the abusers.

Now that we have enough number of cases in the public domain, can we use this evidence to draw some generic conclusions about these blackmailers? Who are these women who file 498a? What are their backgrounds? What is overarching truth about these abusers? How should the society deal with them? These are the questions that need some thinking and reflection. 

There are just two main classes into which most of these filers of 498a can be fitted into. 

  • Adultery/Incest Category
  • Extortion of money Category

 Adultery and Incest

 Anecdotally, behind most 498a cases is a story of adultery or incest.  In almost all cases, the instigator for filing a 498a case is a male member, who is in some way, related to the woman filing 498a. 

Surprisingly, in majority of the cases, the male happens to be the husband of the sister of the woman (ie. the brother-in-law). If one digs deeper, there is a story of brother-in-law abusing his position to entice the gullible sister-in-law into a destructive and dependent relationship. When the wife’s sister gets married, the intensely jealous brother-in-law refuses to let go of her, often instigating her to blow up small differences into major family problems. At the right time, he connives with the rest of the family and instigates them to file a false 498a case, thus breaking her marriage and destroying the future of everyone concerned. In some extreme cases, the brother-in-law even fathered an illegitimate child. When the paternity fraud was discovered, they took shelter in a false 498a.

In yet other cases, as outrageous as it is, it is the brother, the father or a cousin that has incestuous relationship with the girl, who instigates the filing of 498a. The remaining cases involve an ex-boyfriend re-entering her life, resulting in adulterous rendezvous that invariably become exposed. When the adultery is exposed, 498a offers the only shield that can be wielded against her hapless husband at the tax-payers expense.

Extortion of money

 Under this category, the women filing 498a are those who were never interested in matrimony. For these women, 498a is the get-rich-quick scheme of choice. They actively scout around in the matrimonial sites for their next bakra, preferably an NRI, induce him into matrimony and file a 498a within a few months of marriage. There are recorded cases of women repeating this trick three to four times and becoming instant millionaires in the process, finally marrying their boy friends and living happily ever after, while their hapless husbands continue fighting the corrupt criminal justice system of India.

Social Ostracism

So what can be done by the civil society to deal with these criminal families? Social Ostracism is the answer. 

498a legislation is essentially illegitimate and anti-social. However, the Government which is controlled by the radical feminist elements refuses to acknowledge the abuse of the system in the face of mountains of supporting evidence. Most media in India is corrupt and shows little regard for the societal suffering or injustice. Judiciary and police are either brainwashed or conditioned by means of tax-payer funded sensitization programs to wear blinkers that ignore the evil perpetrated by the feminine gender. All the so called “equality demanding feminists” refuse to acknowledge that equality implies women are as capable of evil as are men. If a man can commit murder, so can a woman and many women do. If a man can lie, so can a woman and many women do.

It was heartening to note in the recent Pooja Chauhan episode, where a deranged prostitute who filed a false 498a against her in-laws and paraded her naked body on the streets demanding arrest of her in-laws, the community elders rose to the defense of the accused. This should provide the model for combating the menace of 498a in every corner of India.

In every case of marital breakdown, the first question the society should ask is – has the woman’s family filed a 498a case? If the answer is yes, then close attention to that woman and her family must be paid by all the responsible members of the society. Sooner or later, the full story of incest, adultery or blackmail would become evident and then become public knowledge.

Conclusion

Next time, you find an alliance of a divorced woman, find out from whatever records you find, if the woman filed a 498a case. Let everyone at work, family and neighborhood know the truth about the filers of 498a cases. Time will not be far off when 498a becomes not only synonymous with Legal Terrorism, but also with Adultery, Incest and Blackmail.

Requiem to Pushkar Singh

February 11, 2008

Oh Pushkar, tender son of the mother
Heir to the father and the forefather
Born on the banks of the holy river
A confluence of ancient wisdom and culture

Alas! You entered into a deathly union
An error in judgment
Not for the raging hormone
But the ancestral responsibility
With a devilish whore and her pimp –
The corrupt criminal injustice system!
 
To break your spirits
And to yield to their extortion
They locked you up for four long months
In the dark dungeons of despair
Depriving you of fair play and justice
While they broke your spirits
They could not destroy your soul
And it departed the earth intact
A life cut down in less than three tens of a year
Now shines from the heavens
In its infinite whiteness!

The naked, marauding pigs
Of radical feminism
Renuka Vyas, Girija Chaudhary
Ranjana Jaising, Indira Kumari
And all the sundry feminist coterie
Wearing nefarious designs
Up their sleeves
Rummaging through
The nook and corner
Of our holy land
Stand exposed in stark contrast
In the bright light of your sacrifice!

While your memory lives on
Imparting an inspiration
To the young of our country
It is certain from this day counting
The end of radical feminism is nigh
And numbered are the days
Of its fanatic proponents
However mighty and high!!

Boycott Renuka Chowdhry’s Round-Table

November 15, 2007

I recently came across this news item “Men’s meet to save women” in The Telegraph that Renuka Chowdhry, the prime practitioner of pussy politics in India,  is planning a round-table involving men’s groups to tackle the Domestic Violence against women. I should say “bemusement” was my reaction.

Questions that are raised in one’s mind, reading the news item are – Since when did she realize that men needed to be consulted? What was her reasoning in mentioning bloggers in connection with that consultation? Has the political mileage to be gained from the practice of crass pussy politics run its course? Is the backlash against over-playing of gender card gaining momentum, both on the ground and in cyber world? Is the emergence of organized men’s groups having a political impact affecting her chances of re-election?

Renuka Chowdhry, who is also well-known by the epithet –“Griha VinaSini” and who uttered these famous words – “it is men’s turn to suffer” – was at it again, even while acknowledging that men needed to be consulted in making laws that affect family relationships and tranquility.  Here was her leading question – “I want to know what provokes men to beat up their wives?”

Wah! Now any idiot of male gender who would attend her round-table should have already accepted her premise – men beat up their wives.  And then what consultation is she talking about?

Should any men’s groups attend that round-table? The answer, in my opinion, is a resounding “No”. For one thing – here should be the response from the most pre-eminent men’s group in India – the Save Indian Family Foundation – a collective yawn; or perhaps a collective middle finger.