[《Mr Rijiju's post on Wednesday night had a video clip from the 1980s
series "Ramayana", in which the mythical character Surpanakha, the evil
sister of demon king Ravana, cackles loudly. Later in the video was a clip
from the Rajya Sabha, when PM Modi took a dig at Ms Chowdhury for laughing
loudly in the middle of his speech.》

Evidently, times have changed.
Women can no longer be treated as mere doormats or objects of scorn and
worse.
At least, not *all* women.]

Renuka Chowdhury Moves Privilege Notice Against Kiren Rijiju For 'Ramayana'
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Kiren Rijiju's post had a video clip from the 1980s series "Ramayana", in
which the mythical character Surpanakha, the evil sister of demon king
Ravana, cackles loudly. Later in the video was a clip from the Rajya Sabha,
when PM Modi took a dig at Ms Chowdhury for laughing loudly in the middle
of his speech.

All India | Edited by Deepshikha Ghosh |

Updated: February 09, 2018 11:12 IST

Renuka Chowdhury Moves Privilege Notice Against Kiren Rijiju For 'Ramayana'
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Renuka Chowdhury's loud chuckles also infuriated Rajya Sabha chairman
Venkaiah Naidu.

NEW DELHI:  Congress parliamentarian Renuka Chowdhury has put up a motion
for breach of privilege against Union Minister Kiren Rijiju for sharing on
Facebook a post mocking her laughter after Prime Minister Narendra Modi
joked about it in the Rajya Sabha.

Mr Rijiju's post on Wednesday night had a video clip from the 1980s series
"Ramayana", in which the mythical character Surpanakha, the evil sister of
demon king Ravana, cackles loudly. Later in the video was a clip from the
Rajya Sabha, when PM Modi took a dig at Ms Chowdhury for laughing loudly in
the middle of his speech.

"This is highly objectionable," said a furious Ms Chowdhury, stung deeply
by the Prime Minister's joke and Mr Rijiju's post.

PM Modi was responding to a debate on the President's address and dwelling
on his government's schemes when Ms Chowdhury was heard laughing loudly.
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, the chairperson of Rajya Sabha, was
admonishing her when PM Modi said: "Meri aapse vinti hai Renuka ji ko kuch
mat kahiye. Ramayan serial ke baad aisi hansi sunne ka saubhagya aaj jaake
mila hai (I request you to let Renuka ji continue. After the Ramayana
serial, we got the privilege of hearing this kind of laughter only today.)"

Though the Prime Minister never took names, the exchange fueled memes on
social media and many speculated that Ms Chowdhury had been compared to
Surpanakha, a prominent baddie in the Ramayana series based on the life of
god-king Ram. Mr Rijiju's post vanished from his Facebook page yesterday,
but on Twitter, he posted the Rajya Sabha video without the Ramayana clip.

The Congress has accused PM Modi of "lowering the dignity of his office"
with his comments on Ms Chowdhury and has demanded his apology.

"Merely, a woman parliamentarian was laughing at his claims... what was
alluded to (by Modi) is shameful...we condemn it. He should apologise. One
of his Ministers has in social media posted something which is highly
objectionable and the Prime Minister is silent," said senior Congress
leader Anand Sharma.

The ruling BJP, however, said it was Ms Chowdhury who had insulted the
Prime Minister by laughing in the middle of his speech.


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