I have always maintained that pussy politics is a very profitable venture.
A whopping US $1,40,000 or Rs 60,00,000 Lakhs (approx) a report profitable.
What am I talking about ?
Staying Alive for a $1,40,000 is what I am talking about.
Okay. Still didn’t get it?
On the first anniversary of the “clumsily drafted” domestic violence act, Indira Jaising had moaned that an year after the law to protect women from domestic violence was enacted, it was being defeated by social prejudice, blindspots, brickbats from bloggers and searing criticism from the Justices of the Supreme Court in the form of Batra Vs Batra, 2007.
If you don’t know who Indira Jaising is, check out her resume to get an Idea:
And here’s her picture:
In an article published in the Indian Express, titled Family against woman, she wrote that:
“One year is an appropriate time to evaluate the functioning of a law. However, there are no systems to do this on a systematic basis since there are no computerised data bases of orders and judgments. Given this, the Lawyers Collective, which was largely involved with this law in its formative stages, undertook the task of evaluating enforcement, using available data. The chief justice of India facilitated the collection of data from different high courts. Our report, ‘Staying Alive’, is based on this.“
I started to read the report and realized it was nonsense. Bored me to death. (You can’t download the report as the Unifem link is dead)
Here is copy from 2012:
I wondered about the time spent on developing this report; the pretty graphics to adorn it; the money spent on it. It must have taken many man hours to write that report and I am sure that unlike us activists, the practitioners of pussy politics don’t do things for free. After all, their livelihood is based on peddling slogans about “protecting women”.
To illustrate, A Guide To Surviving IPC 498A has been downloaded close to 100,000 times as of today. I wrote it at no cost except for the investment in time.
That brings us to the question. How many people do you think would have read ‘Staying Alive’? Ain’t that a colossal waste of cash?
I actually thought (for a short while) that she did it for free as part of her commitment to women’s issues. I can get a little delusional at times !
Here is a revelation.
UNIFEM paid the Lawyers Collective (meaning Indira Jaising) a whopping $1,40,000.00 US Dollars to write that report. That means Rs 60,00,000.00 (approx).
To truly understand the meaning of this princely sum, I want you to ask yourself if you’ll ever see that kind of money in your life, in one cheque, and for doing just one task.
I know that I won’t. At least for not indulging in pussy politics.
Think about it this way: can you imagine the Chief Of Army Staff walk away with Rs 60,00,000 upon retiring, and after putting in 30+ years in the country’s service?
What about your neighborhood bank manager. Can you see him walk away with half that amount in his PF fund ?
And here is my question. What did she do with all that money? Please don’t tell me that the shoddy report consumed all the $1,40,000.00 US Dollars !
Here’s a snippet from the report:
Here is the UNIFEM annual report that shows the breakdown of payments. The payment to Indira Jaising’s Lawyers’ Collective is on page 23:
Here is the extracted page that shows the funding received by the Lawyers Collective:
Lawyers Collective UNIFEM $140K USD Payment For Report (extract)
Indira Jaising is the architect of the clumsily drafted Indian domestic violence Act whose most egregious provision is the right to residence. She has been paid to do an assessment on her own work. Would you expect her to do an impartial assessment and not paper over the flaws in the law affecting the rights and lives of millions ?
Where is the integrity in this process?
Since we are talking about Indira Jaising, I think you need to know about she said about the Indian police force. See the article below:
She should know. She enabled the extortion of Rs 40 Lakhs from an NRI by aiding the jailing of his Delhi resident sister in a Calcutta jail for a month. The jailed lady was released after her NRI brother paid Rs 40Lakhs to his estranged wife. You can read about this here:
And did anyone wonder why the woman was jailed though she didn’t commit any crime…?
Hey ! What about due process rights of the jailed lady protected in Joginder Kumar Vs State Of UP? Did Indira Jaising think about the seminal judgment of the Supreme Court or for an instant?
And this egregious action was done by a supposed defender of Human Rights and a constitutional lawyer !!
This is what pussy politics is about folks. The practitioners scream and shout about women’s right, but in reality, there is nothing done to empower women. There is nothing noble about this. It is a business — a very profitable business where $1,40,000 can be paid for producing a silly report!!!
Is it a wonder that there is such a strong opposition by Indian pussy politicians to the amendment of 498A and the domestic violence act ?
I am on the wrong side of pussy politics. There is a load of money to be made + the perks and lifestyle and access to power and privilege. All you need to do is shout yourself hoarse and claim your commitment to “womens issues” and play ostrich to the fact that over a 1,20,000 women have been illegally arrested by the corrupt and brutal Indian police since 2004.
It’s no wonder that the Indian police force is jumping on this gravy train too, all in the name of protecting women
I leave you with what Madhu Purnima Kishwar has to say about feminism in India:
“Feminism in India has no integrity. You can’t trust it”
She is sooooo right !!!