While you will often see Shashi Tharoor slamming the central government for promoting crony capitalism, he himself is nurturing a flawed idea about capitalism and motherhood in his mind.
The MP, who is one of the vocal voices when it comes to women empowerment (quoting the fact that he uses ‘She’ and not ‘He’ in tweets that don’t point at a specific gender), recently made a little bizarre statement that weighs a mother’s motherhood and money on the same scale.
The MP recently took on Twitter to extend support to Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) president Kamal Haasan’s idea “of recognising housework as a salaried profession”.
The Thiruvananthapuram MP added that the following step will recognise and monetise the “services of women homemakers in society, enhance their power & autonomy & create near-universal basic income”.
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While some women might welcome the idea, especially the poor women who are often in need of money, but Kangana Ranaut completely disagrees with the same as she calls the idea “partially painful and partially funny”.
In her tweet, she adds that women “don’t need salary for being the Queens” of their “own little kingdom.”
The MNM has established the whole salary idea for the upcoming Kerala election. It says: “The MNM government will take steps to realize Bharatiyaar’s dream of ‘Pudhumai penn’ through education, employment and entrepreneurship for women. Women will break through established glass ceilings by the equal opportunities provided to them by our MNM government. Homemakers will get their due recognition through payment for their work at home which hitherto has been unrecognised and unmonetized, thus raising the dignity of our womenfolk.“
Notably, Kamal Hassan has earlier said: “Housewife itself is a big job and should be paid commensurately. Paying housewives for doing their job is an idea whose time has truly come and we shall ensure it.”
Well, now the fact that MNM quotes ‘dignity’ the party must also realise that most of the women take pride in doing little things for their child or family. And to see that smile on her child’s face is beyond the sum of money one could pay her.
Think of it this way, if you find a beggar on the street and give him money, you feel happy; for you have helped someone. The same happiness is nil when you pay a shopkeeper the same money to buy chocolate from him. There are no emotions involved. Thus, bringing money between a profession like motherhood and child is the most foolish thing that an educated person could ever tell you.
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Problems that don’t emerge from a lack of money can’t be solved even with an abundance of money.