India: The BJP, rape, and the status of women

Rebecca Solnit, whose dream candidate is Elizabeth Warren, represents a kind of tone-deaf white feminism that boggles the mind. In 2014, she wrote ‘A Watershed Year For Feminism‘ in which she extolled India’s Narendra Modi for championing women’s issues with great effect. She characterized him deftly as ‘otherwise monstrous’ and linked to the genocide committed in Gujarat under his watch and with his support, but still found it palatable to write about him as a feminist.

It’s in line with her favorite presidential candidate toeing the American imperialist, propagandist line and describing Qasem Soleimani as ‘a murderer, responsible for the deaths of thousands, including hundreds of Americans.’ Remember the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and their imminent threat to American lives (why this ridiculous prioritization over human lives)?

If you want to learn more about how Muslim women were gang-raped, mutilated and burned in Gujarat (under Modi’s stewardship), pls feel free to google it. I couldn’t post it here because it’s simply too harrowing and sadistic. But here’s an analysis of the BJP (Modi’s political party) and the status of women in general:

‘A new group of secular intellectuals in India argues that the BJP’s real attitude towards women is based on a fascist communally-based politics in which women are seen not as individuals with rights, but as bearers of their community’s honour, to be protected or raped, depending who they are.’

To Ms Solnit and Ms Warren I’d like to say that feminism is nothing if it doesn’t embrace the rights of women of color, Muslim women, Indigenous women, women from the Global South, as well as the poorest and most marginalized people all over the world. Pls venture beyond your privileged, white American exceptionalism.

A new group of secular intellectuals in India argues that the BJP’s real attitude towards women is based on a fascist communally-based politics in which women are seen not as individuals with rights, but as bearers of their community’s honour, to be protected or raped, depending who they are.

More about the BJP, rape, and the status of women here.

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