The Triple Talaq bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha recently, has brought the spotlight on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal life. This bill, which sought to make the triple talaq illegal, was NDA’s attempt to benefit the Muslims, who form no more than 15% of the country’s population. The NDA leaders sought to portray this as a protection which the women’s ‘brother’, Modi, was offering. Before this could take off, questions on Modi’s personal life began.
Amidst the clamour that the bill generated, AAP MLA Alka Lamba’s sarcastic tweet stood out:
Why say “Talaq Talaq Talaq” and go to jail , when you can just leave her without saying anything and become the Prime Minister of India. #TripleTalaq
This tweet caused a furore, with the BJP party rising in defence of the Prime Minister. The Congress party, which has already burned its hands with personal attacks on the PM, chose to stay away from the controversy. It is well known that Modi’s wife, Yashodaben Modi, leads a simple life as a teacher. The couple was married in 1968 with the blessings of their families, but Narendra Modi left her almost immediately to pursue his association with the RSS as a celibate. There are no official records of his marriage and separation, which leave him vulnerable to such personal attacks.
In addition to this, various NGOs and other non-political organisations have raised questions about the crumbling Hindu family system. They pointed out that many Hindu men abandoned their wives in their own pursuits, and that the government must pay attention to this situation as well.