Why nobody objected to Gautam Gambhir, Sunny Deol in t-shirt, jean?: Activists
Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan’s excitement on their first day as MPs was overshadowed by a barrage of sexism over their ‘non- sanskari’ outfits, a group of civil society activists have said in a statement. According to Aarushi Nigam, Divya Kaushik, Riya Sharma, Ruman Ganguly, and Anulekha Agarwal, both Bengali actors and first-time MPs “were certainly excited to take them on when they posted pictures from their new workplace on social media.”
Hit by misogynistic comments, the activists say, “Their choice of workwear – jeans and a white button-down shirt for Mimi, a wine-coloured peplum suit for Nusrat – was the first and last word on their political competence for many.”
“You’re not on vacation”, “they have mistaken Parliament for Kolkata’s Nicco Park or City Centre”, “this is not a photo studio, this is a place where you should fight for people’s rights and legislate”, “keep some respect towards your Bengali society” were some of the “nicer” things people wrote online.
At 29 and 30 respectively, Nusrat and Mimi are among the five youngest members to be sworn in to the Lok Sabha. They gave their party, the Trinamool Congress, much bigger victory margins than the last elections, and are part of the biggest female contingent marching into Parliament so far (78 women among 542 MPs).
Objecting to trolling the two MPs, the statement says, “Gautam Gambhir wore jeans to his first day in Parliament. From Paresh Rawal and Anurag Thakur to Babul Supriyo, several MPs have deemed denims to be appropriate for the workplace.Yet, “no one remembers it because no one gave a stitch.”
In fact, “Gautam Gambhir wore jeans and a T-shirt for his first day at the Parliament, and posed with his ID (exactly like Mimi). Sunny Deol also chose jeans and a white shirt when he attended the NDA meeting at the Parliament. However, we are yet to see their political competence being questioned.”
“And what’s wrong with trousers? Are the haters seriously saying every single male MP only shows up for work in kurta-pajamas? But being swathed in yards of khadi is apparently some people’s idea of a punch-in card for women parliamentarians. Double standards make the rules even for our lawmakers”, wonder the activists.