Former Gujarat Chief Minister and current Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel has grabbed headlines yet again for all the wrong reasons. This time, while speaking to schools girls in Kasturba Girls Hostel in Raigarh district in Madhya Pradesh, Patel issued a statement which has triggered gender debate. While praising the girls for their educational achievements, Patel advised them to not to leave the kitchen as according to her the girl who would be able to cook perfect ‘daal’ will be able to bond with her mother-in-law.
“Kitchen mat chodna. Jisko daal acchi aati hogi daal, wo saas ke saath accha samanvay rakh payegi. (Don’t ever leave the kitchen. The one who knows how to cook tasty lentils would be able to strike a fine balance with her mother-in-law),” said Patel.
Anandiben Patel is now getting a flak on social media for her regressive and patriarchal views.
However, Patel’s guidebook on a ‘perfect girl’ had another guideline, too, as per which girls shouldn’t cut their hair as long hair is a ‘matter of pride’
Earlier in April, a controversial video surfaced which showed Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel giving tips to BJP leaders on how to garner votes. She was seen talking to BJP leaders and instructing them on what to do so as to get votes. In the video, former Gujarat Chief Minister was seen telling Mamata Pandey, Satna mayor, and other BJP leaders how to garner votes.
Anandiben Patel, MP Governor said, "There is Rs 16 crore. I have inquired today in the entire district. You people must look into this. This is not difficult. Run a campaign. To which the Satna mayor replied, "We have adopted some kids.the zilla chief has also adopted. I too have adopted from Anganwadi."
"Gather everybody (inaudible). all five of you. That's not how you will get votes. This is how you will get votes. Go to their homes. Caress the child. Ask them how they are feeling. That is how you will get votes. Otherwise, you won't. Go to every village. You don't need votes but we do," she added.