SwaraBhaskaragot more attention than she had bargained for when her open lettertoSanjayLeelaBhansaliopened up a pandorasbox.
One ofthe voices that objected to Swaras sweeping indictment of what she saw as an endorsement of the practice ofjauhar, was that of filmmakerVivekAgnihotriwho responded to Swaras open letter with the following tweet: We have interviewed many ex-naxal women inBastar. Each has gut-wrenching stories to tell, full of abuse, rape and misogyny. If they marry, they arent allowed to have children. I think fake feminist @reallySwaramust make a trip to understand how the Real Vagina feels like.”
Swara chose to over-react to Viveks tweet with a hysterically paranoid response where she suggested thatVivekwas asking her to get raped.
WroteSwara, Im sorry did u just suggest that i go get myself raped?????????? Like seriously? You typed out this tweet Vivek… ????? Id say pretty low and sick even by your own abysmal standards of conduct & civility.
Vivekresponded with scathing sarcasm saying, Why is it that whenever we talk about empathy and understanding, fake feminists like @ReallySwaracan only think of rape? You can say whatever you want, they end up translating it only with their sexually perverted dictionary.
Speaking to this writerViveksays, If they (pseudo-feminists) like to twist it out of context, its her choice. People know what I have said. Any sincere socially committed person understands who is honest and who is only creating a sensation. Ask any random people on the street and you will know who is saying what.I felt that Swaras intent wasnt correct. The intent wasnt to help the cause of women but to use this opportunity for self-gain.
Vivek is troubled by the way empowered women look at the sexual politics ofun-empowered women.
Saysthe filmmaker, I have been working with lots oftribalswomen inBastarand also in my village inUttarPradesh. In India the un-empowered woman is fighting not by provoking men or abusing them. She is using herShaktito empower herself.
Vivekisnt squirmyabout theV word but he admits its extensive usage in Sawaras letter has offended many. I think unnecessarily provoking with one particular word bySwarahas reduced the most critical war to just social media gossip. Such language ona social platform pisses off people and the war of women empowerment can never be won by hurting others. You have to have empathy.
VivekadvisesSwarato work with socially and politically debilitated women I suggest that fake feminists likeSwara work with these deprived and abused women to understand their plight and yet their optimism and faith. I have no doubt in my mind that if the next revolution has to come, it will come via Indian women. And if it has to fail, it would be because of fake feminism.
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