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Sexuality in Politics

Radicals used to argue that there is politics even in sexuality. In our postmodern times, the self-styled opinion-makers seem to think that there is sexuality even in politics.

P olitics in India was never as much a game for the media as it seems to be today. In the bastions of democracy in the west it has been so for quite a while. A part of this game relates to sexual behaviour of politicians of different hues and colours. The western media seem to be insatiably interested in it. It is either affairs or liaisons of one kind or the other. This was one of the reasons, a major if not the main reason, why the French socialist aspirant to the presidency in the recent elections there evoked such an interest. The media seemed more interested in the sexual rather than socialist politics of the comely lady. We use the thoroughly unnecessary epithet of comely advisedly, because there were indeed unending references to the elegant Madame Segolene Royal and how she looked and her deportment. The press never seemed to tire of the stories of details of her personal life and her marital status or the lack of it. Alfred Hitchcock once coined a term for Grace Kelly, sexual elegance. If she represented that for the show business, Madame Royal represented that for French politics or it seemed.

Ever since we have registered the growth rate of whatever dimension (please add the necessary figure, we cannot because we always confuse the growth rate of industrial production and that of the peasant suicides) we as people seem to be catching up with western mores. And one of them is the postmodern condition in which sexuality has become the central issue. Strangely, both the proponents and detractors of western modernity have made that their prime concern. The fundamentalists create the moral armies. The playboys of the western journalistic world and their happy-go-lucky imitators in our third world, on the other hand, excel in their undefinable accents in talking matters that really cannot yield anything more than wild speculation that does not matter in the least to the world.

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