We Like ‘Strong Women’ Like RJ Malishka, Just As Long As They Shut Up

Posted: July 22, 2017

RJ Malishka is not just bold, she happens to be a woman; how dare she ‘sing’ the truth?

Monsoons have arrived in all parts of the country and the pothole problem once again peeped its head out.

Absorbing the attention of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) however is not said potholes, but a parody regarding potholes by popular Radio Jockey Malishka Mendosa, who in the video mocked the BMC for its poor management of Mumbai roads during the rainy season.

The video, ‘Mumbai, tula BMC var bharavsa nahi ka?’(Mumbai, don’t you trust BMC?) went viral on social media. Of course, this did not go well with the BMC and Shiv Sena. Meanwhile, the BMC has sent a notice to the RJ’s Bandra apartment where she lives with her mother for ‘breeding dengue’.

Moreover, the BMC has decided to file a case of defamation against RJ Malishka for tarnishing the image of the civic body.

The issue of ill-maintained roads and highways in Mumbai has raised a lot of eye-brows as Mumbai happens to be the highest tax generator as compared to any other part of the nation. Is it such a herculean task to repair the roads in spite of having the required money? Support for RJ Malishka has been pouring in from all sections of the society.

Activist Dolphy D’Souza said in this interview to the Hindustan Times, “Instead of taking corrective measures, the BMC is shooting the messenger.” Renowned journalist Rajdeep Sardesai also came in to support Malishka in his tweet saying, “RJ Malishka does a satirical video on BMC that goes viral. BMC finds dengue breeding centre near her house! Yeh hai India!”

The joint efforts of the BMC and Shiv Sena to shout down a woman like Malishka who speaks her mind seems to have gone in vain, as Malishka, who is currently in New York , in her recent tweet said, “6 songs composed and ready in my head and they are NOT about New York. I’m a rapper now. Also a breeder apparently.” 

As citizens of the nation, we all have right to question the government if our basic needs such as safe roads are not fulfilled. Is Malishka paying the price for being a woman and a celebrity too? If it can happen to her, it can happen to you and me as well.

Will they send notices of ‘mosquito breeding’ to us also once we start questioning them too? One word to describe the way BMC handled the incident is bizarre.

This whole incident not only reflects the poor maintenance of roads by the BMC but also sparks the debate – are we losing our right to question governments at both the state and the centre? In the recent times, we have seen how Paranjoy Guha Thakurta resigned as the editor after the Economic and Political Weekly received a notice for a story criticising the government.

If such is the scenario with well-established names, then, should a Radio Jockey have the audacity to ‘sing’ the truth?

Top image via Youtube

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I'm a Political Science student from St.Xavier's College, Kolkata. Biryani and F.

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