“Main Toh Maa Ki Tarah Hoon”: When Aunty Judgement Masquerades as Concern

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“Main Toh Maa Ki Tarah Hoon”: When Aunty Judgement Masquerades as Concern

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

 

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wo weeks ago, my Twitter timeline was flooded with outrage yet again, this time over a news story about actress-turned-BJP politician Moushumi Chatterjee criticising an anchor for wearing pants at an event. Yes, pants. My calendar insisted we were in 2019; this headline, not so much. While watching Chatterjee harangue a girl about her choice of clothes was expectedly infuriating, what followed was even worse: the expert aunty version of a pseudo-apology accompanied by the familiar eye-roll-worthy explanation of “main aapko maa ki tarah bol rahi hoon”.

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