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Sona Mohapatra’s open letter to Twitter CEO is a distressing reminder of the systemic sexism in the country

Sona Mohapatra

Sona Mohapatra

The year is 2022. We might soon take trips to Mars. And yet the unfairness and discrimination a woman has to endure in this country is mindblowing. In her letter to Twitter CEO Parag Agarwal, Sona Mohapatra draws attention to the sexism at his alma mater. And honestly, we are not surprised. In a society where we still come across humans with the audacity to blame women for the injustices they face, this is least surprising, and yet distressing. Let’s take a look at the letter that calls out IITB, and its discriminatory acts which clearly didn’t go down well with Mohapatra.

 

The Missing Balance

Well, Mohapatra is not wrong because breaking the glass ceiling is still a Herculean task, especially in a society that often fails to acknowledge the problem at hand. In her letter, the singer underlines the unfairness of having to share the stage with a man to “validate” her performance which once again makes one think about the inequality that looms large. If a successful singer like Mohapatra with notable accomplishments has to face such treatment, imagine the plight of the less privileged.

In the letter, the singer directs strong criticism at IIM Bombay for its practice of never inviting women as headliners for cultural events. The singer also urges the Twitter CEO to watch her film ‘Shut Up Sona’ to get an idea about the difficulties that female artists have to endure. The letter also puts into focus the issue of the deep social conditioning firmly rooted in a patriarchal mindset. If one of the so-called ‘elite’ universities of India does not take even the smallest step to break away from the regressive perspectives, then what exactly is the essence of the education that is being imparted to students. And the funny part is that there are still people ignorant enough to assume that our society is the epitome of equality and fairness. Now let us take a look at the replies to the tweet. Quite unsurprisingly, they are triggering.

It is totally off the topic but then again do we ever focus on that one topic?

Or perhaps the reason is the deep-rooted sexism in this country?!

Well, that I agree with. The letter is indeed saddening.

Maybe the reason is the fact that despite being a successful singer who has established herself she has to face such discrimination and sexism. Or maybe the reason is that “the equation of fairness” is still absent in our society.

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