Women Hindi writers vying to be seen as prostitutes: V-C

In an interview to a prominent Hindi journal that hit the stands yesterday, the Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University (MGIHU) has said "there is a race among women writers to demonstrate they are the greatest prostitute", leading to demands for his resignation.

The entire "feminist discourse has reduced to a grand celebration of infidelity", Vibhuti Narain Rai told Naya Gyanodaya, which is published by Bharatiya Jnanpith that confers the prestigious Jnanpith award.

A 1975-batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, Rai was appointed V-C of MGIHU in 2008. The Central university was set up to promote Hindi language and literature.

Accusing him of being intoxicated with power, women writers have demanded that Rai be sacked. "If he has said so, it's an insult not only to women, but the violation of our Constitution. The government should immediately sack him. He doesn't deserve to be the V-C of such a noble institution," prominent writer Krishna Sobti said.

"Lekhikaon men hod lagi hai yeh sabit karne ki ki unse badi chhinal koi nahi hai... Yeh vimarsh (Feminist discourse) bewafai ke virat utsav ki tarah hai," Rai says in the interview.

In a derogatory reference to a noted woman writer whose autobiography won accolades, he goes on to say: "Mujhe lagta hai idhar prakashit ek bahu-promoted aur overrated lekhika ki aatmkathamak pustak ka shirshak 'Kitne Bistaron Men Kitni Baar' ho sakta tha. (The title of a recently published autobiography of a highly promoted and overrated writer could be 'How Many Times in How Many Beds')."

At another place in the interview, he dubs the character of a famous story as "nymphomaniac kutiya".

Asked by The Sunday Express which women writers he was referring to, Rai laughed. And repeated what he had said: "It's not fair to take names, but you can see, this tendency to prove themselves the 'sabse badi chhinal' is growing among women writers. You can find the references of 'kitne bistaron men kitani baar' in their work."

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