Why Indian Politicians Will Never Support #MeToo


Why Indian Politicians Will Never Support #MeToo

Illustration: Akshita Monga


ranklin D Roosevelt once said, “Nothing in politics happens by accident.” That statement feels wry, but profound nonetheless, considering its authorship has been disputed as much over the years as its validity hasn’t. As the wind of the #MeToo movement rafts through mores, shaking trees and bruising rocks, the silence coming out of our political establishment is damning. To understand this, we must also listen to Machiavelli who wrote: “Politics has nothing to do with morals.”

Those waiting on the government or even opposition parties to put their weight behind the cathartic moment that is at the throat of India’s waking state right now, look elsewhere. Ideological and moral battles are to political parties what innuendo is to language – sparkly, but futile in the long run.