Beauty and the Beast

The level of scholarly debate in the country has been upped several notches with a newly appointed Chief Minister (CM) of one of the North Eastern states, jointly known as the Seven Sisters, weighing in with his erudition.

With a need to impress his political bosses, perhaps in return for an out of turn favour of being given the huge responsibility of running a state, he has lost no time in trying to cement his position in the party by putting his foot in his mouth speedily.

He has stated that Diana Hayden of India, crowned Miss World in 1997, did not have the beauty to deserve the Miss World title in 1997. He should know. After all, he is a democratically elected representative of the people and appointed CM of a state. If he does not know about women and beauty, barring spiritual gurus and movie moguls, who will? Moreover, he is an Indian male.

It seems the only women to deserve the Miss Universe and Miss World titled are the Venezuelan women, the American women, the Russian women, the Australian women, the Chinese women, the Filipino women, the Colombian women, the Angolan women, the Dominican Republic women, the Japanese women, the Swedish women, the South African women, and women from the many other countries that could not be immediately named.

But Indian women, no way. Except if you are Aishwarya Rai. Because he knows. Because he is a democratically elected representative of the people and appointed CM of a state. If he does not know about women and beauty, barring spiritual gurus and movie moguls, who will? Moreover, he is an Indian male.

For proof, one need not look far. Show him an Indian man in his right mind who would choose an Indian woman over a Caucasian woman, assuming he will have such a choice, assuming a Caucasian woman has been found who is willing to consider an Indian male, and he will show you a liar. Of course, excepting when he needs someone to cook dal and chapati for him. Like our grandmothers used to.

According to him, Indians were crowned Miss Universe or Miss World in quick succession. Quick succession meaning a period of about a quarter of a century. Like in 1994, in 1997, in 1997, in 1999, in 2000 and in 2017, till the time of writing this article. Such crowning stopped after the cosmetics market was captured. It was a clever ruse of the cosmetic companies of the world to corner the market in India.

This was a pertinent argument because in almost all other cases, foreign companies did not need any subterfuge to get Indian consumers to adopt foreign products. Indian consumers have taken to foreign products like ducks to water.

Do you remember any Master Healthy World or Little Miss Healthy Universe contests? You don’t because there were no such contests. But packaged breakfast cereals made by foreign companies are now consumed by children across the length and breadth of the country.

Do you remember any Mister Healthless World or Mister Healthless Universe contests? You don’t because there were no such contests. But carbonated soft drinks made by foreign companies are now consumed across the length and breadth of the country.

Our women, as per the CM, used leaves and seeds to keep their bodies in shape. And that is what they should continue to use. Like our grandmothers used to. Only men, sorry Indian men, need to keep pace with the changes taking place in the world. And since he is an Indian male, he obviously has the right to decide for Indian women what they should and should not do. After all, how are we going to eliminate heinous crimes against women unless men like him are allowed to take decisions for women.

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20 thoughts on “Beauty and the Beast

  1. I came across a new word couple of days ago , a new word for me- “andocracy” meaning a system ruled by men. How appropriate. Few days ago, this CM held forth on IT and internet. That could have left the CM of Karnataka worried. He is in election mode and what if It capital shifts to North East from Bangalore ?

    Is the erudite CM campaigning for “bearded ” brand creams and lotions ?

    • I looked it up. You are right. It seems we have been living in one without realising it 🙂 Androcracy I mean.
      Yeah, read about the earlier comments too. More and more it seems like a design. Say it often enough and at least you yourself will start believing it. Who cares about credibility. We know we had nukes in the mythological, not even historical, past, because in the TV serial Ramayan, when Ram closed his eyes and mumbled before releasing the arrow, it turned into a nuclear missile and rained destruction on Ravan’s army. What more evidence do we need?

  2. I came across a new word couple of days ago , a new word for me- “androcracy” meaning a system ruled by men. How appropriate. Few days ago, this CM held forth on IT and internet. That could have left the CM of Karnataka worried. He is in election mode and what if It capital shifts to North East from Bangalore ?

    Is the erudite CM campaigning for “bearded ” brand creams and lotions ?

    • Thanks Eric. As you probably already know, my favourite people in the world are leaders of all hues, but mainly political, spiritual and business. The movie chap makes it as a subset of the business leader.

  3. You touch on the bigger issue of why people popular for one reason (like this guy for politics) think we want their opinion on other stuff (like female beauty). We see it all the time in the US when singers and actors thing we give a *** about their opinions on politics. Who was it said, “Shut up and sing”. So I say to your CM, “Shut up and rule!”

    • Indeed! He may well hold a personal view that a certain winner was unworthy which I can understand. But airing those views at a public forum where it is being captured and reported and making it seem like a part of the governance agenda is plain dumb. But then so are some people. Just plain dumb. And many, like our subject here, go on to become repeat offenders.

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