Why you’re probably a hypocritical misogynist to criticise @RegaJha

Originally published at ruchikumar.blogspot.com.

I did not want to comment on this issue; I really did not. Mainly because, I did not consider Rega Jha’s opinions of Pakistani men and women a legitimate topic to initiate a national dialogue. And secondly, because I understand good humour and complimentary sentiments! At the same time, the moment I saw Rega’s tweet, I realised that this was bound to generate some furore and hate commentary from those who consider themselves as the torchbearers of Indian nationalism while cheering for a game of British origin.

I’m sure Rega realised it too. But she tweeted it anyway.

Why, you ask? Well, because she lives in a free country. The same country that allows you to carry a procession that virtually breaks all the civic rules because the national team won a match; a sport; a game, if I may emphasise.

But got me really riled up, was not the senseless trolling that followed, but rather the extremely sexist attacks on her. TBH, I didn’t expect better, but it still made me very angry, especially the comments that came from the likes of Chetan Bhagat.

A point to note, Mr Bhagat, that you are murdering irony so bad if you think that women in India are treated with respect and then go on to include your comments as part of a stream of hateful comments directed towards Rega that include rape threats.

Another face-on-the-palm moment was when many people, including media houses, mistook her sarcasm-filled tweet as an apology.

That said, I admire that she continues to stand unapologetically for what she said. One, because for one what she said was nothing that should matter to anyone else in the world. Whether I find Afghan men hotter than Pakistanis, or Indian women prettier than Iranian, is entirely my opinion. You are welcome to dispute it, but how you confront me on the subject speaks more about you, than me.

Secondly, it doesn’t matter how incriminating her statements were; nothing, I repeat nothing, justifies sexism of any order against her.

And to all those criticising Rega, it must be said that it wasn’t she who broken the internet, but the motley crew of misogynist, sexist, and despicable haters who splurged their filth on to the Twitter space, turning it into a stifling place for any women to stay around any longer.