Wednesday, 23 January 2019, 04:47:47 am
Rahul Gandhi rebuked for "misogynistic" remarks against Indian defence minister
January 10, 2019

Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi has come under fire for misogynistic remarks when he asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “be a man” and not field a woman, the defense minister, to defend him in debates over a controversial fighter jet deal.

He mocked Modi yesterday for staying away from parliament as it discussed accusations of corruption against the government in a deal to buy 36 Rafale planes from France.

Gandhi, the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has ruled India for decades, often calls Modi a “thief” while the prime minister addresses him as “privileged dynast” in most of his public speeches.

Gandhi’s comments drew widespread criticism on social media. Some people said Sitharaman - the second woman to run the defense ministry after the late Indira Gandhi, a former prime minister and Rahul Gandhi’s grandmother - deserved an apology.

Sitharaman has not commented but her cabinet colleague, Sushma Swaraj, said Gandhi’s comments hit a “new low in the history of Indian politics”.