What the Padmaavat Furore Teaches Us About Rajput Machismo

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What the Padmaavat Furore Teaches Us About Rajput Machismo

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ver the past few months, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s personal nightmare has become the entire nation’s obsession. If there is anything at all to learn from the Padmaavat furore that is dominating the media, it’s this: You do not fuck with Rajputs.

See, a Rajput man has a great life and he believes in living it to the fullest until either one of his two prized possessions is challenged: The honour of his women and the greatness of his history. Both of these form the bedrock of his masculinity, and his masculinity is all that he lives by. That and his mooch, of course.

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