I read this article written on The Hindu’s Opinion Page, which blamed the Indian media to pound on Sunanda Pushkar. The article accused of the media being sexist and biased against the professional women.
I am no authority on the treatment on women by Indian media, but I never see Indian media bashing the successful career women like Sonia Gandhi, Chanda Kochar, Kalpana Morparia, or Kiran Shaw Mazumdar. Though it bashes Mayawati big time but then I can safely assume her bashing has got nothing to do with her being a women or being a career women for that matter.
Coming back to the case of Sunanda Pushkar, so do we really believe that she was bashed by the media because she was a woman dating a high profile minister? I would not agree to this, because as far as my understanding goes, the Su-Shi relationship is not a new one and hasn’t been extensively covered by the media. All this despite Tharoor’s knack of inviting controversies, Sunanda was never covered much in media.
So why is she being targeted now, is it because of she is a successful career women or because she is dating a minister? I don’t think that has caught the eye of the media, what has caught the eye is the pretty little sweet equity she got in a deal being “mentored” by her “beau” minister. I haven’t heard a career women getting sweet equity like this, that too worth close to 70 crores. I agree there are professional services required and deals are done but then why Sunanda? And why such a deal? And why is Tharoor involved and trying to influence decisions?
I mean why are equity worth 70 crores being given away free, this is something not normal, doesn’t happen to every career women and is a big deal. So the media bashing and glare is bound to happen. Another question is now that Sunanda has surrendered her equity, is she still doing the services for the team. If yes then is she getting paid in accordance to 70 crores which her services were initially valued at. Does the writer defending her realizes that the dividend income show would have been receiving out of her equity would have been tax free and a loss to exchequer which now would be taxed at the normal taxation laws. If she is not the one doing the services the alternatives providing the same services are being compensated to the same extent?
Neither the people of India nor the media are fools. Both have enough sense to understand and derive the two plus two equals to four. The personal equation of Sunanda Pushkar and Shashi Tharoor was an important consideration of the equation behind that 70 crores of free money. The reason behind the media glare, bashing and probing was not her being a successful corporate women but rather an obscene amount of unaccounted money being involved. When that sweet equity is gone and resolved the glare is off too. In cases like these the media glare is justified, required and necessary for the people to know the facts and place them right, be it Mayawati’s garland or Sunanda Puskar’s free equity.