Two days ago, BJP’s Vinay Katiyar made a sexist remark about Congress’s Priyanka Gandhi.
When asked by a reporter how Priyanka Gandhi would impact the UP campaign, the BJP leader said,
“What difference will it make? We have more beautiful star campaigners…heroines, artistes…they are better.
Mr Katiyar refused to apologise, although his party BJP has called the remarks “condemnable and unacceptable”.
But Mr. Katiyar’s fellow partymen and ideologues are still defending him on the grounds that what he had said are the stereotypes prevalent in the society.
It’s up to him whether he apologizes or not.
But one thing must be understood here. If such a senior politician and leader, with truck loads of World view, will utter such stereotypes; then who will reform the society. This is a valid question. If our representatives and leaders start making such sexist and irresponsible remarks then what kind of behavior can be expected from a common person, who looks up to them.
Such remarks portray a mindset issue. A mindset which has a habit of grouping human beings into Gods, Goddesses and mortal creatures (creatures who’re primarily busy in unGodly lives).
With such a thinking, a mortal human being can either be a God, Goddess or; a mortal creature. Those who’ve a tendency to see human beings as Gods, Goddesses; are also the ones who see some human beings as unGodly.
Mr. Katiyar’s remark is sexist not because he commented on Priyanka Gandhi’s beauty. After all there’s nothing wrong in appreciating beauty of any gender. If you don’t find someone beautiful, you can also say so. There’s nothing wrong in that.
The remark is sexist as it made beauty of a person as the mere criterion for her success as an Election campaigner. It’s very much like you saying — “my brother is a good computer programmer, and the other person instantly says, but there are more handsome programmers out there”.
Ideally, what is important is to see people as human beings. The moment one stops glorifying human beings as Gods and Goddesses; the mindset to vilify (belittle) fellow human beings subsides as well.
To conclude, the best way to look at human beings is through the work they are doing and the responsibility they are shouldering. This way we will find that no one among us is a God. We are mere mortal human beings.