Tejasvi Surya, the youth icon of the rightwing was in the news for an old Tweet. The tweet wars – for the uninitiated – consists of finding out uncomfortable tweets from the past and blowing them up until it becomes an albatross around the neck.
Hollywood director James Gunn for example was briefly fired by Disney from directing Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 3 for old paedophile jokes and Surya was the latest high-profile target of this war of the tweets.
It has been employed by both sides of the political divide to devastating effect. The latest trophy was Tejasvi Surya – the young BJP LS MP from Bangalore South.
Surya, allegedly quoting Canadian-Pakistani Tarak Fateh, had written: “95% Arab women have never had an orgasm in the last few hundred years! Every mother has produced kids as act of sex and not love.”
The full quote was allegedly: "I didn't believe that. The biggest minority is the individual and if he has no rights, there are no human rights. Even at demonstrations in Cairo women were being sexually assaulted by men. What Arab Spring are we talking about? 95% of the Arab women have never had an orgasm in the last hundred years. Every mother has produced kids as an act of sex and not love. Women's genitals have been cut for thousands of years. What sort of society are you creating with only one category of people?”