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Hard Kaur says women face lots of hypocrisy in India

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New Delhi: Popular rapper Hard Kaur said, it is difficult to survive in a male dominating industry as there are too many double standard people in this country.

Launched in 2007, her debut single “Ek glassy” was hot on the charts and also a party favourite for long. It proved that even women could rap with ease and beat men in the genre. Despite her success story, the genre is still dominated by rappers like Yo Yo Honey Singh, Raftaar and Badshah. So, what keeps most women away from rapping?

“It’s a very male-dominated industry and it’s very difficult for girls to get into it and actually maintain to survive. It’s a boys club and there are so many issues to deal with including a lot of sexism. There’s a lot of hypocrisy in India regarding women and what they are able to do. Too many double standards,” Kaur said in an email interview from London.

Wouldn’t she like to start a label to promote more raptress?

“No thanks! I’ve tried helping girls before and they are never serious about work. Some of them do it for a couple of days and then quit, wasting my time, effort and money. They make stupid excuses to quit like ‘My boyfriend doesn’t want me to do it’ or ‘I can’t handle boys being competition’ or ‘I’m getting married so I shouldn’t. What will my parents-in-law say?’

“You got to have a thick skin and be very strong to survive in this game,” said the “Move your body” hitmaker.

While she is a pro at it, actress Sonakshi Sinha tried her hand at the genre last month with her first single titled “Aaj mood ishqholic hai”.

“I didn’t like the song that she did, but I think it’s great that she tried and it gives a lot of inspiration to girls out there,” said Kaur, who has unveiled a new single “Aise karte hai party”.

How the catchy number was made is quite interesting!

“It was super fun working on this song. It’s actually inspired from a time when Sonny Ravan (co-writer) and I met in a club. I was asking the DJ to change the music and he wasn’t listening to me.

“So, Sonny and I thought it would be fun to write a song about what all we do when we ask the DJ to change a track. He came up with the line ‘Arre DJ gana band kar’ (DJ stop the song) and we started writing in the club,” said Kaur.

The song’s video features known names like ace choreographer Saroj Khan, actor Punit Issar, actor-host Manish Paul and TV anchor-comedian Cyrus Broacha.

“Times Music came up with the idea of having celebs in the video playing characters, so they asked me to invite as many of my celeb friends for it. I fitted in as many as I could in the 12 hours that we shot. Everybody was so supportive,” said the former “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa” contestant.

“Saroj Khan is a legend and it was a brilliant surprise for the dancers. She was one of the judges on (dance reality show) ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa’ when I was in it. She gave me so much love and we’ve stayed friends ever since. I always wanted to work with her and this was the perfect chance,” she added.

It’s not just music that’s keeping her busy these days, the “Patiala House” actress is also looking forward to her next film.

“I’m starring in an upcoming movie, ‘Ticket to Bollywood’, as a villain. Finally, I will get to play a character that I’ve always wanted,” she said.

What about Punjabi movies?

“I love to make music for all types of movies including down south. I love the Punjabi industry as they’ve always given me so much love for my work and as a fellow Punjabi, I would love to do something back for them,” she said.(IANS)(image: mazale.in)

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IMF says, Getting more women into formal workforce is priority for India

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India must focus as a priority on ensuring that more women work in the formal sector as it continues with labour reforms, according to Ken Kang, the deputy director in International Monetary Fund (IMF) Asia Pacific Department.

While “in recent years India has made very impressive progress in reforms,” he said that “looking ahead there are important policy priorities” and listed three among them.

“One, is to continue improvements in product and labour market reforms with a focus on increasing formal female labour participation to improve the business environment, and reduce complex regulations, but also to address supply bottlenecks, particularly in the agricultural sector and distribution networks,” Kang said at a news conference on Friday in Washington.

As one of India’s major reform achievements, he mentioned the “introduction of flexible inflation targeting and of a statutory monetary policy which has helped to strengthen the monetary policy framework.”

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The Reserve Bank of India Act was amended in 2016, to provide for a Monetary Policy Committee that decides on the interest rate required for achieving the inflation target set by the government in consultation with the bank.

The other achievements include the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the “major recapitalisation plan for the public-sector banks in order to accelerate the work out of nonperforming loans, as well as made some important legal improvements through a new insolvency and bankruptcy law,” Kang said.

“We expect and hope that the reform momentum continues,” he added.

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“We are not saying that India’s structural reform speed will slow down because of elections,” Changyong Rhee, the IMF director of the Asia Pacific Department said.

“What we are saying is that the growth momentum and the structural reform momentum should continue despite the election period. So there is something misquoted,” he added.

On Thursday, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde had said at a news conference on Thursday, according to the IMF transcript: “We have seen and we are seeing — I am not sure that we will be seeing in the next few months given the elections that are coming up — major reforms that we had recommended and advocated for a long time.”  IANS

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