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Isn't "Item Girl" too sexist to describe AAP and Kejriwal?
Earlier this week author Chetan Bhagat, who had been a fervent admirer of Aam Aadmi Party lashed out at the new political outfit for their dharna in Delhi by calling it an 'item girl of politics'. According to him they (AAP and Kejriwal) want instant attention and like in Bollywood when an actress can't make it, she becomes an item girl. “They have become the item girls of Indian politics and item girls do not go very far,” he said.

Uddhav Thakre, chief of Shiv Sena while speaking to his party's mouthpiece 'Saamana' went a step further while chorusing the same as Bhagat "AAP is an item girl of country's politics. Even Rakhi Sawant can govern better than AAP. Those who criticized Sawant should now honour her. Kejriwal and his AAP have become the most infamous item girls”.

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Mudslinging, verbal brickbats are always a tradition in Indian politics. One can expect nothing less than a high intensity of slang rhetoric in the air with an ever discovered banquet of new terminology and expression during the time of election. But in the process one shouldn’t use certain words that mean derogatory to some people.

Isn’t “Item Girl” a derogatory word? In what sense "Item Girls” are infamous? At present Item numbers are an integral part of any commercial movie. They are simply artistic expressions in a movie only with a purpose of entertainment. And unlike earlier days, nowadays they have become a symbol of status.

Many well known actresses like Madhuri Dixit, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Kajol, Bipasha Basu, Lara Dutta, Priety Zinta, and Rani Mukerji have done item numbers. Each one them is individually far more successful and famous…isn’t it? If they are Item Girls then how can we say they are infamous? Even can we say that they couldn’t make it better in Bollywood...so did an “Item number”?

Moreover now days even actors like Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor and Saif Ali khan etc are becoming a part of an “Item Number”. So in a sense I can say that 'Item Numbers' have gone beyond gender disparity. They have actually become gender neutral and no longer a word to represent a lower stratum of Bollywood world. So is it justified to use this word in a nasty sense?

I think Chetan Bhagat has failed to observe this change. I have always been an ardent fan of Bhagat and I hardly miss his books as well as his articles. So it is really disappointing for me as I would least expect such hateful expressions from him.

Recently AAP leader Dr. Kumar Vishwas was again in news for negative reasons for making racist remarks towards nurses of Kerala (in his poetic expressions years back). Isn’t Bhagat should be charged with the same by using “Item Girl” in an offensive sense?

Rahki Sawant had always been dishonor for being doing item numbers in earlier days. But for her that was her profession to earn bread and butter for her family. Nowaday many others are doing item number as part of their profession. How can we criticize someone’s profession in an unpleasant manner?
 
My point is very clear. “Item Girl” is too sexist remark in terms of gender as well as racially prejudiced in terms of profession and insulting to those people who are related to this profession. This is Racist remark and uncalled for. Item girls are being portrayed in poor light and anybody who is using this terminology is showing his own polluted mind.

Especially Chetan Bhagat should have some brains to not to infect young minds with virus of patriarchy and chauvinism, which already rules following the fact that a large number of  Youth follow his writings. There are better ways to express political views?

At last I must say I’m also equally upset with the Dharna episode of Kejriwal and AAP, but that doesn’t mean I will ever label him or his party with such offensive slangs. Still they deserve a big applause as they really awakened Indian people and pointed out many unwanted things in Indian politics.

We must not forget that may be their actions are too immature and doesn’t fit in the system but some issues they are making is not totally void. “Item Girl” here I feel is offensive to both…Kejriwal and AAP and to those people who are associated with this profession.

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