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Sexist remarks: What exactly did Sharad Yadav say in Rajya Sabha

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

JD(U) leader Shard Yadav made headlines on Monday when he reacted obstinately over his sexist comments on women’s complexion, and said is ready to debate.

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad raised the issue again, asking JD(U) leader to withdraw his comments.  Prasad who was silent on the comment last week, argued with the chair mentioning that he doesn’t agree with the statement made and demanded withdrawal of the same.

The issue started when debating over Insurance Bill in Rajya Sabha last week, Yadav spoke on Indian’s obsession on fair skin. He said, “Your God is dark like Ravi Shankar Prasad, but your matrimonial ads insist on white-skinned brides.” Referring to the complexion of south Indian women he added, “The women of the south are dark but they are as beautiful as their bodies… We don’t see it here. They know (how to) dance.”

Yadav, trying to clarify said that his comments were misinterpreted; he meant that, “There are more dusky women in India and in the world… I can discuss the issue with anyone; we are in favour of Indian culture.”

Taking an offence to Yadav’s comment HRD minister Smriti Irani said that the leader should not comment on the complexion of women. “I appeal through you (chair) to the gentleman, do not make comments about the colour of any woman’s skin. You (Sharad Yadav) are a senior member, a very wrong message is going to the rest of the country,” she said.

Howver, Yadav was unapologetic and responded saying: “I strongly refute the allegation.”
“From Gandhi to Lohia, I have all the record of what has been said about women. A lot of struggle has been done for women with dark complexion,” he said.

There has been a long struggle against discrimination based on colour… I am ready to participate in a debate any time,” said Yadav.

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Facts About Parliament Of India You Didn’t Know Before

Parliament of India is the supreme legislative authority in India

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Parliament of India is a source of interest for many people because of various reasons. Wikimedia Commons
Parliament of India is a source of interest for many people because of various reasons. Wikimedia Commons

By Ruchika Verma 

  • Parliament of India is the supreme legislative authority in India
  • Indian Parliament is divided into two houses – Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha
  • Indian Parliament is one of the biggest and has a very intricate architecture

Parliament of India is the supreme legislative body in India. It controls and creates all the bills and laws in the country. Parliament of India is bicameral. It is divided into two parts namely Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. Lok Sabha is called the Lower House and Rajya Sabha is referred to as the Upper House.

Parliament of India is the largest legislative authority in India.
Parliament of India is the largest legislative authority in India.

Rajya Sabha has 238 members wheres the Lok Sabha seats are 545 is number. The term of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha are 6 years and 5 years respectively. The head of the Parliament of India is the Indian President. The proceedings in Lok Sabha is controlled by the speaker of Lok Sabha whereas, in Rajya Sabha, there is a chairman.

Apart from these basic facts, here are some other interesting Indian Parliament facts you may not have known before:

  • Parliament of India is called the Sansad or Bhartiya Sansad
  • The Parliament of India is circular in shape which represents the “Continuity.” The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha halls are constructed in the shape of a horseshoe.

    The carpet colours of the halls of Lok sabha and Rajya sabha also hold significance. KPN
    The carpet colours of the halls of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha also hold significance. KPN
  • The carpets in the halls of the Parliament of India are also very significant. Lok Sabha’s hall’s carpet is green in colour which represents the people that are elected from grass root level. The hall of Rajya Sabha is adorned with red carpet which denotes royalty and is a constant remembrance of the struggle faced by our freedom fighters.

Also Read: Lok Sabha passes the Footwear Design and Development Institute Bill, 2017

  • The library in the Parliament House is the second largest library of India after the National Library in Kolkata.
  • Indian Parliament has a canteen, and it is the cheapest canteen in the country with a 3-course veg meal available for Rs. 61 only.

    Parliament of india is circular in shape which denotes continuity.
     Indian Parliament is circular in shape which denotes continuity.
  • Rishang Keishing is the oldest members who served the Parliament of India. He was a member of Rajya Sabha twice and retired at the age of 92.
  • The first female speaker of Parliament of India was Meira Kumar.
  • According to rules between two sessions of parliament, there should not be a gap of more than 6 months.

Also Read: Reservation Quota for Women in Parliament finds support at Kumaon Literature Festival

  • In Parliament of India, as per common practice, Question Hour starts at 11 a.m. where MPs put forward their questions. The Zero Hour starts at 12 noon where MPs can discuss general questions.
  • The office of President in the Parliament is in the room no. 13, which is considered inauspicious by many.
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