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Tell Me Honey Singh Ji, Why The Misogyny?

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By Sumedha Bharpilania:

I had never been an ardent fan of Punjabi music owing to the fact that I was born and brought up in Bengal, a land where the ‘Shordarjee’s’ and their ‘mujeek’ does not really soothe one’s senses the way Robindro Songeet does. My year-long tryst with Delhi, however, helped me explore things that I never thought I would sample before. Yo Yo Honey Singh was one such example. Little did I know that instead of merely dancing and humming on to his catchy tunes, my cynical brain would be forced to analyse the significance behind the words that make up his songs, which may otherwise easily come across as inconsequential.

The first time I was introduced to the wonderful fare that Mr Singh had to offer was by virtue of a song titled ‘Choot’. I was of the opinion that the name of the number was enough to scandalize me but had no clue as to what the lyrics had in store. The horror that was unleashed upon my being once Yo Yo Honey Singh started belting out profanities that I had almost never heard of before was unparalleled. All I remember was screaming, asking my friend to stop playing the ordeal of a song. The sheer explicitness of the composition was as disturbing as it could possibly be and was nothing but an insult for the XX chromosome. If the power of music was gradually being reduced to such low levels, I might as well look for a different source to elevate my mood, I thought to myself.

I only earnestly hope that Mr Singh gets to read this rant of mine and it is only this tiny bit of hope that has compelled me to address the rest of my piece to the man himself.

So Singh ji, I fail to understand why you portray women in such bad light. Females in your songs are nothing but sex objects where you raise questions about their characters and try to teach them a thing or two about morality. A particular song of yours made me believe that no boy would ever look at me because the colour of my skin was not exactly brown while another almost forced me to think of myself as a total loser because I am someone who can easily be taken for a ride (both ways). You have no qualms in labelling the woman as ‘desperate’ and asking her the price that she would demand for a romp in the bed with your esteemed self. Why is it that the man is always right and the ‘kudi’, a whore?

No I am not trying to say that all what you preach reeks of your hatred towards the fairer sex. You do seem to have been making efforts to ask girls to do away with their obsession with fairness creams and drugs. You sure have instilled a sense of Indian-ness, a sense of belonging in the minds of those who listen to your music. But really Mr Singh, do you consider yourself to be a prophet of sorts? Why is it that you always glorify yourself in all of these productions of yours? You doubt if the girl gets her daily supply of the newspaper only because she refuses to recognize you. You predict with a lot of confidence that the girl who dumped you will end up marrying a loser and her future will only involve washing his undergarments and doing the dishes. Where does the anger stem from? I would be more than obliged if you could let me know and satisfy my curiosity.

In all honesty, it breaks my heart when I see girls my age moving their bodies to your tunes, without ever realizing the enormity of whatever it is that you are trying to convey. I pity those women who might have faced body image issues only because you believe that the perfect woman is one who weighs 47 kilos and has a waist that measures 28 inches. Your fan following is another element that never fails to amaze me. I sometimes feel like I belong to a society that is extremely gullible and cannot think for itself. Your male followers treat women the way they would treat a pile of dung only because you inspired them to do so. You seem to have made ‘frandsheeping’ and breaking hearts cool. But tell me something Mr Singh, would you teach your child the same thing?

Being raw, unpolished and exuding a rustic charm is one thing Yo Yo ji, being blatantly sexist is another. You might call yourself an International Villager Mr Singh, but don’t let that Trinity School of Music degree go waste by forcing people like me to question your talent. But at the end of it all, what really is the point of all my ranting? I am merely an old-fashioned pessimist, right Honey ji? You may just write another song about my attitude and my rage; after all I am just another girl who’s high on ‘angreji weed’.

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  1. Achintya

    Ms. Sumedha Bharpilania, it is Yo Yo ji’s own opinion which he expresses in his songs. He has
    never talked about or said anything to women in general. If he says that the girl in his life was a whore it doesn’t mean that every female on this planet is too. And if you think that it is truth, I feel really sad after knowing your thoughts on the topic being talked about. Also, men may blame Taylor Swift for labeling them as sort of cheaters who always ditch women in almost every song she sings if they are to believe and follow what you say. Music is a matter of choice. If you don’t wish to listen to Punjabi music or Yo Yo ji’s songs in general, you are always free to go back to Robindro Songeet.

    1. Charulata Biswas

      Achintya,
      People like you and me would listen to it, enjoy and then forget about it because we have the sensibility to judge. We understand and choose what we want to absorb but women and men who are gullible to such lyrics are following him like cattle and are getting affected in a negative way. Taylor swift atleast hasn’t use the word pimp for ‘the guy in her life’ unlike Honey Singh who didn’t spare a single ‘word’.

      Charulata!

    2. Sumedha

      Hi Achintya

      Thank you for going through the article and giving me some honest feedback. Really appreciate it 🙂
      It breaks my heart to see that you feel sad after knowing my thoughts on Yo Yo ji. You see, since the great Mr Singh never cared to specify who the girl he was targeting was, I had no option but to generalize. Also, do you know, I happen to know a lot of females who are of the same opinion as mine. Do you feel sad for them too?
      As far as Ms Taylor Swift is concerned, do not worry, it’s not just the men, most women (including me) believe in whatever you had to say about her. So I guess, we do agree on one point. Yay!
      And of course, music is a matter of choice. I did mention that I found Honey ji’s music catchy, it is the lyrics that I have a problem with. Plus there are a lot of Punjabi songs I have listened to and liked. I should name a few artists: Imran Khan, Ashok Masti, Rabbi Shergill etc. So I don’t need to go back to Robindro Songeet then, right? 🙂

      Please keep reading and pouring in such wonderful comments. They force a person to think and then some more 🙂

    3. qshib.qs@gmail.com

      #Achintya
      You are Given freedom to Express your views till they do not harm anyone. And as soon as your words, your actions, your expressions, go against anyone and snatch the Freedom of others and harm others, be it physically or Mentally. you are liable to Punishment.
      If everyone talks, the way, this man talks, i guess the Freedom of expression may be barred. And talking about any other Singe who even Abuses Guys is no Justification to this man abusing girls. Both may be on the wrong Track.
      Come over, They say ” Man is a Social Animal” So you got to care for Social Ethics.
      but Somehow i feel, it is me and everyone buzzing around here who are to be blamed for this

    4. qshib.qs@gmail.com

      You are Given freedom to Express your views till they do not harm anyone. And as soon as your words, your actions, your expressions, go against anyone and snatch the Freedom of others and harm others, be it physically or Mentally. you are liable to Punishment.
      If everyone talks, the way, this man talks, i guess the Freedom of expression may be barred. And talking about any other Singe who even Abuses Guys is no Justification to this man abusing girls. Both may be on the wrong Track.
      Come over, They say ” Man is a Social Animal” So you got to care for Social Ethics.
      but Somehow i feel, it is me and everyone buzzing around here who are to be blamed for this

    5. Dee Rayolia

      HAHAHA
      Freedom? We are not censoring him. If he has the freedom to release songs like ‘choot’ and songs about rape, we also have the FULL right to criticize him.
      We are just using our freedom to express OUR opinions. YOU don’t take that right away from us.
      BTW what about the freedom of those girls who are eve teased, molested and raped by people who are ‘inspired’ by his beautiful catchy songs?
      I get that its not entirely HIS fault, but we say he is promoting it.
      Sadly, people are cattle. If they weren’t then we also wouldn’t have been criticizing him here.
      He just wouldn’t be worth so much attention if he didnt inspire people to rape and molest.

    6. aayush

      Honey singh did not sing the songs “choot” and “balatkari” as it has been proved in the court of law already. as far as the lyrics of the songs that are actually his work are concerned, nobody is targeting anyone. people are not as dumb as you think they are. people are expected to understand the concept of choice and morality. if a person gets motivated by the lyrics of songs so easily, hopefully he/she doesn watch movies like “the godfather” or “scarface” or “the Dark Knight”,
      “agneepath” or “darr” or “kaminey” or any movie where the bad guy wins. God knows what he/she might do after getting influenced by them. 😛
      cheers!

    7. sourabh kashyap

      aayush@ get yourself updated, dont defend if you are not aware of truth, here is the news :- The petition had said Honey Singh’s song passed limits of obscenity and posed a threat to women’s decency.

      But now the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) in Hyderabad, which was given Honey Singh’s voice sample, says it doesn’t have the wherewithal to test the voice and has returned the voice sample to police and Honey Singh’s lawyer.

      In a letter, the Hyderabad lab says, “This is to inform you that it is not possible to accept the exhibits sent in the above case as this laboratory does not have the facility to authenticate/compare the audio and video filed. As such all the exhibits sent vide letter under reference are returned unopened.”

      http://newseastwest.com/labs-fails-to-test-honey-singh-voice-sample-in-main-hoon-balatkari-case/

    8. nisshit

      Its good reply, its ur option , prostitution , drugs ,alcohol everything is in d market can any one force u to take drugs or alcohol ? so choice is urs?singers r also good marketers ,they understand the pulse of d majority audience he ll lose his business if he starts making songs for a few people.

    9. sourabh kashyap

      nishit, smugglers also not focrced immature people to take drugs, they dont advertise, yet people take drugs because of immaturity and ruin their life. I wish ur kid wont reply back to you or his mother “gaand me dum hai to band karwa de” , when you will ask him to stop watching tv for long hours!!!

  2. Amarpreet Kaur

    A delight to read this article. Beautifully projected the truth. I hope Mr. Singh provides the answers soon.

    1. Sumedha

      Thanks a bunch Amarpreet 🙂 Really appreciate your feedback and yes I hope Mr Singh reads this!

  3. Ruchika

    Loved it! Sumedha ji, you must write some more – would love to get your crisp (and deliciously sarcastic) take on other facets of ‘popular’ culture.

    1. Sumedha

      Thanks a bunch Ruchika 😀
      I will make sure I write more and promise not to disappoint 🙂

  4. bhagyashree baruah

    miss sumedha. i agree with your point when you say that honey singh always portrays women as sexual objects. but tell me who does not? from bollywood to hollywood, sex is the main attribute highlighted in a woman. secondly, i am sad that you failed to appreciate how mr.singh has succeeded in bringing back the value of the ‘BROWN RANG’ ,which is an attribute , esp. of the Indian women. When the entire media focuses on FAIR &LOVELY, its mr.singh’s song brown rang that has succeeded in giving some kind of backing to the warm toned ladies. thirdly, music is a matter of own choice, and hence one composes it specifically in reference to one’s own experience. it is not harmful until and unless all girls are called whores!! i do not see why should young ladies stop tapping their feet to such punjabi songs, it is music, most of the women do not even understand what the song says the music is what makes their feet tap. 🙂 hence, i think, such cynicism should not be applied to certain music which is ‘meant’ to be innately loud and direct; although i appreciate your effort in writing the article 🙂

    1. Sumedha

      I really value your feedback Bhagyashree 🙂
      Yes, absolutely. A lot of rappers from the west do the same thing. Mr Singh is supposed to be India’s answer to them, right? Li’l Wayne is one such artist who comes to my mind when I think of this one song called ‘lollipop’ that was sung by him. Then there’s Pitbull too, right?

      And I did mention the ‘fair and lovely’ debate in the article. Also the fact that he does ask girls to stop smoking pot and ruining their lives in the song ‘dope shope’, so I do appreciate this thing about Mr Honey Singh. Here:
      ” No I am not trying to say that all what you preach reeks of your hatred towards the fairer sex. You do seem to have been making efforts to ask girls to do away with their obsession with fairness creams and drugs. ”
      Maybe this was not enough, I should have elaborated on the same.

      Also, music sure is a matter of choice. I happen to be very cynical and try to decipher the meaning behind such songs and therefore have a problem with girls dancing to Honey Singh’s tunes. I merely wanted to voice my opinions as this platform is meant for people who want to do so. I shall therefore repeat again, “to each his own” 🙂

      However, thank you again for your comment. The feedback is what we look for 🙂

  5. Mukul

    I second what Achintya has said. I’d also like to add that there are a lot of men in the society who aren’t very high on self esteem, when it comes to talking with girls. And I’d say Yo Yo ji encourages those men, and ask them to wear such attitude.
    Also Bharpilania ji, we Indians are BROWN race, for hell’s sake. You cannot just say that (because of him) no boy would look at you, just because you’re “not exactly brown”. NO. We aren’t white, we aren’t black. Brown, brown.
    And still, fine, it’s your interpretation, but I see you have a problem with the lyrics of his songs. Why exactly then do you have a problem girls moving their body to his “tune”?
    And moving just their body? I wasn’t really happy when “choot” was released some four-five years back. Funnily, it were actually my female classmates who would never quit singing it all times.
    And I’m sure your female friends too love Yo Yo, and at crazy times prefer him over Hendrix.
    Contradictions?
    But hey, we read your article, you’re famous! 😀

    1. Sumedha

      Hi Mukul

      Thank you for your feedback, appreciate it 🙂
      So you needed a Yo Yo Honey Singh ji to teach you how you should talk to girls? Great! You sure know how to, Mr Singh should be proud :’)
      Oh, I totally agree, we belong to the brown race. But when Honey ji says ”gori gori kudiyan nu koi muh laave naa”, I have a bit of a problem. You see, I have always been referred to as a ‘gori girl’, so the fact that nobody would then look at me got me worried. You see, all girls like attention. Right? Honey ji also believes in it, so you should agree with me on this point, right?

      I believe that Honey Singh’s music is catchy but when girls move their bodies to the same without understanding the derogatory words he uses for these very girls, it disturbs me. Yes it does and I shall be vocal about it. To each his own, remember? 🙂

      Oh I do have a lot of female friends who like his music. In fact, the friend who introduced me to the song ‘choot’ is a girl. But then I also have a lot of female friends who despise the same and reflect my opinions. So, I hope this was contradictory enough 🙂

      And hey! Yes, you are responsible for making me famous! YAY I don’t even know how to thank you! 🙂

  6. Nikita Garg

    These are wise words, my respect for them completely. Hell yes people dance without knowing the meaning of songs.. Loved the article! Cheers <3 <3

    1. Sumedha

      Oh yes, people sure can dance without knowing the meaning of songs!
      Thank you Nikita, appreciate your feedback 🙂

  7. Anuj

    Right said Achintya… its his personal views about the girl who dumped her… he never generalize it like u gals that all guys are a big ass…. the matter of fact is its one guy or gal who destroy our life and we can treat him/her like the way we want… If you don’t like him then just don’t listen… there are so many things happening in our India which I personally don’t want but it doesn’t mean that I go and question Dr.Man Mohan Singh that why are you doing it?

    1. Sumedha

      Hi Anuj

      Thank you for following in the footsteps of Mr Honey Singh and referring to me as an ‘ass’. He has found a true fan in you. I am glad 🙂
      I don’t like Honey Singh ji and I don’t listen to his music. I however listened all of his songs only in order to illustrate my stand with examples. Also, there sure are a lot of things happening in our country and you CAN question Dr Manmohan Singh about the same. It only depends on you, whether you want to do it. I wanted to question Honey ji’s work because I personally don’t like it, so I did.
      To each his own, right? 🙂

  8. Shashi

    Nice article.

    1. Sumedha

      Thank you Shashi 🙂

  9. Charulata Biswas

    Punjabi music has it’s own charm, ofcourse, but Honey Singh stands ‘out’ of it. A much awaited well-written piece.

    1. Sumedha

      Couldn’t agree more Charulata. Thank you for the feedback 🙂

  10. Pulkit Kaushik

    *Angrezi beat

    1. Sumedha

      Pulkit, I know it is Angreji beat and not weed. But it does sound like ‘weed’ and there have been numerous debates around the same which you can check if you want.

  11. Akhil Kumar

    Delighted to finally read about this. I have had innumerable debates with his fans and you would be shocked to hear the arguments in his favor. You have wonderfully put your words together laced with much needed sarcasm. High time we spoke out against this vile patriarchal misogynistic rant he passes off as music.Music does have a deep psychological impact on our minds and he can not be ignored on stupid arguments that he does not mean bad or we choose what we hear. Kudos to you for blatantly presenting him as he is.

    Long overdue.

    1. Sumedha

      Thanks a bunch for your feedback Akhil. Totally agree with the fact that his songs reek of patriarchy coupled with misogyny.
      Really appreciate your views 🙂

  12. Utsav Sinha

    Thanks Sumedha, you have made a great point. The following excerpt ‘it breaks my heart when I see girls my age moving their bodies to your tunes, without ever realizing the enormity of whatever it is that you are trying to convey. I pity those women……’ connects to me so well.. few days back I attended a party where gals were not just dancing to his BEATS.. but also were singing along the music HIGH and LOUD.. but you will be happy to know that those who dance on his beat do not always understand each and every word of the lyrics and just enjoy the music which is amazing.. why take everything so seriously take it light… if ur body wants to move to the music… aks ur brain to take a break and hop – in. !! 🙂

    Also allow me to confess that I listen all most all his song and I have no less than 5 songs of mr yO yO on my smart device, but that does not mean I dis respect women.. NO I Dont!! I know its difficult to convince Bongs but let me try.. you will be amazed to know that one of my friend who almost decided to end his life (not suicide but had lost the zeal or passion to succeed..) due to his failure in love was motivated with yO yO’s song and now he is back on track … you might find this stupid but at times ‘doobte ko tinke sahara kaafi hota hai…’

    To conclude I would quote Scott Adams… ‘Informed decision-making comes from a long tradition of guessing and then blaming others for inadequate results.’

    1. Sumedha

      Thank you for your comment Utsav! Really value your feedback.

      I do understand that sometimes, it is all about letting go and not thinking too much about things.However,while Honey Singh’s music is definitely catchy and foot-tapping, the lyrics are a problem in my opinion and I believe that girls should ponder over such things once in a while. This is entirely my belief and I am not trying to force anyone to agree with me. But then hey yes, one can always dance to their heart’s content. There is no one stopping them! 🙂

      I have heard most of Mr Singh’s songs too (without liking them, though) and I completely believe you when you say that you do not disrespect women. I do understand that not everyone blindly follows what these artists preach. But there is one thing that I earnestly request you to do away with: stereotyping. I do come from Calcutta and listen to Robindro Songeet, but that does not in any way mean that I am a Bong. Not all Calcuttans are Bengalis, just so that you know 🙂
      And I am indeed amazed to know how Mr Singh’s songs helped your friend deal with suicide. I should then give him some credit here and applaud his music for the same, if that is the case 🙂

      Thank you again.
      Cheers!

  13. Sanjukta Basu

    Perhaps you haven’t heard of American Hip Hop / Gangsta Rap. This man is stupidly aping them, and he is a roaring success. Who’s to be blamed? Him or those who enjoys this kinda music?

    1. Sumedha

      Sanjukta

      Oh I absolutely have heard of American Hip Hop and Gangsta Rap. I do listen to the likes of Jay-Z, T.I, T-Pain, Li’l Wayne and even Eminem for that matter and Mr Honey Singh (who is otherwise supposed to be India’s answer to these artists) is a poor man’s rapper in my opinion.
      He sure is a success, I am nobody to doubt that and I do not blame those people who enjoy his music. I only wished people would try to comprehend the significance behind his words and think about it, at least once. All I am trying to say is that I have a problem with whatever it is that he raps about. I find it demeaning and therefore made use of this platform to express my opinion. As far as the distasteful lyrics are concerned, there is no one to blame but Yo Yo ji.

  14. Manvika Sharma

    He is so pathetic when it comes music sensibility….Absolutely intolerable in every sense, He is a complete male chauvinist!! I hate him!! No sensible person who loves & respect woman will like him!

    1. Sumedha

      Hi Manvika

      I respect your opinions and the chauvinism that Mr Honey Singh’s music reeks of is gradually forcing me to lose all respect for him. However, we cannot really blame his fans now, can we? Because they might not necessarily agree with what we have to say.

      Nonetheless, thank you for your comment. Keep reading! 🙂

  15. Daphne

    I have the same opinion too….its not just Honey Singh but even the rest of the world that has entered into a phase of blaspheme with lyrics that evokes the belittling of women. Many international artists like Eminem reflect this kind of perception.

    1. Sumedha

      Hi Daphne

      Yes, I agree with you: The fact that most of the world is blindly following what a lot of rappers have to preach. Mr Honey Singh is merely one such person in the crowd. Sigh.

  16. Manuj Sabharwal

    Dear Ladies,

    Specially Ms/Mrs Sumedha ji, i agree with each and every word you said, even i hated him when he sang “CHoot”, my first word’s were ” WTF is this?.”, but if talk about song like “Angreji Beat” ” Luk 28 Kudi Da” Etc. The words and statement used in this song is not for each and every gal. i will rather suggest to visit any Disco late night and you will come to know how gals now a days drinks knowing how many people are there and specially what they are wearing. Percentage of Bitching is much higher by gals rather then guys. Open youtube search for “gals reply to honey singh” and see what gals had reply to honey singh. There are many gals who have problem with his word or statement. But is this the way to express any thing.

    I really appreciate all word you said.

    This post is not to support Honey Singh neither to defend you.
    I only wanna say he sings whatever he had experience with gals not every gal.

    Rab Rakkha

    1. Sumedha

      Hi Manuj

      I respect your opinions and agree that the song ‘choot’ was one that can easily disturb a person to the core. However, it saddens me to see that all gender debates boil down to the character of the girl and her choice of clothing. A girl can choose as to what she wants to wear and whether she wants to go drinking and partying. Why don’t people raise the same question when men go to discos? What is Honey Singh ji’s problem with such girls? Considering the language used in the song ‘choot’, he is no holier-than-thou so as to go about imparting sermons, therefore, I do have a problem with his representation of women, general or not.

      Also, the song ‘lakk 28 kudi da’, as mentioned by me in the article is one that can easily force a woman to lose confidence in her bodily appearance. Not all women have perfect figures you see, the kind that women in Honey Singh’s videos have. As far as Angreji Beat/Weed goes, have you paid attention to this particular stanza where the great Yo Yo ji goes like:
      “O khad taan ja, tu nede aa
      Bai idda naa tu gede kha
      Oh kahton enni desperate, saanu dasde ke ae rate
      Shoe teri da, dress teri da, ghadi jo paayi, guess teri da
      Chaaro paase vekh lai kudiye, charcha hotness teri da”
      He clearly is referring to the girl as someone who is desperate and never once did he mention the kind of girl he was making the reference to. I was thus forced to infer that he is labeling the girl who parties as desperate. I go clubbing and so do a lot of my female friends and being called ‘desperate’ and being asked our ‘rate’ is completely insulting. Don’t you think so too?
      Girls bitch and so do guys. But do you know of a female singing star who has come up with a song which could be compared to the likes of ‘choot’?
      I know of a few distasteful videos that are supposed to be an answer to Honey Singh’s sexist rap. I have not seen any of them though to be very honest, so I cannot say much there. But yes, I have issues with his expression and the content that makes up his music and wanted to speak my mind.

      If he has had a bad experience with certain girls, why not have the song titles accordingly?
      For example:
      ‘This song is dedicated to Miss XYZ’, ‘This song goes out to Mrs ABC’.
      My rant will then be deemed inconsequential and all of Yo Yo ji’s fans will be happy people once again 🙂
      Sahi hai ji? 😀

      But thank you for your time and feedback, it holds a lot of value 🙂

  17. Kanone

    I am rather disturbed than surprised by the number of youngsters blindly
    appreciating almost any and every piece of critical ranting available
    these days.

    Before I start with a structured commentary on your
    content, I’d like to congratulate you on your brilliant use of language.
    I wish I could command written English as well as you do some day. =)

    Now to your article.

    It’s
    pretty evident, and you’ve also confessed that you’re new to Punjabi
    music, don’t listen to it very often and don’t fancy it much either.
    However, your notion of Punjabi music being anywhere close to soothing
    your senses (and hence the comparison to Robindro Songeet) has no
    significance at all. On the contrary, Punjabi culture (and hence their
    art and music) is quite opposite to what Bengalis may be exposed to.
    Punjabis call themselves loud, and their music but obviously invokes a
    fervor of partying and dance. It’s simply not meant to soothe any
    senses.

    In the next segment, you write about how the lyrics got
    you thinking. Now, to all those who believe a song has two distinct
    parts, i.e. the lyrics and the tune, fail to realise that these two
    components are in fact rather dependent on each other and hence
    indispensable to the song in its entirety. In my opinion, hence, looking
    at a song and appreciating any one of the two components is unfair,
    simply because there is no tune without the lyrics, and no lyrics can
    make an impact without a suitable tune that complements them. This
    brings me to the conclusion that if you’re “humming on the catchy tune”,
    your brain actually relates to the lyrics while remembering the tune.
    I’m sure you’d be cursing your brain right now. 😉 It’s the same piece
    of grey matter that produced the article above.

    Next, I find
    myself concerned about your interpretation of Honey Singh’s lyrics to be
    derogatory to females in general. You need to keep in mind that in
    songs like “Choot”, “Dope Shope” and “High Heels”, he targets a certain
    genre of young women. These women would be sex-starved, promiscuous
    women addicted to drinking, smoking and drugs. And trust you me, you DO
    find such characters in the so-called hi-fi party scenes of Delhi and
    Chandigarh. If you call yourself old-fashioned, I don’t understand why
    you would find Singh’s rants against such people derogatory. Even if you
    disagree with the crude presentation, I’d be open to alternate yet
    effective ways of self-realisation. I know for a fact that many girls
    have quit/reduced their drug/drinking/smoking habits, while at the same
    time enjoying Honey Singh’s songs on the dance floor. I see no
    connection between the two acts, really.
    I also feel you’ve gone a
    bit overboard with your sensitivity. Lack of complete research on the
    topic is also evident. A good example here would be your own words, “A
    particular song of yours made me believe that no boy would ever look at
    me because the colour of my skin was not exactly brown…”. Here, I can
    safely assume you haven’t watched any of the music videos by Honey
    Singh. If you had watched the “Brown Rang” video, you would have
    immediately known the “gori” he referred to was a White Caucasian, not
    even minutely Indian. I am afraid there is also a possibility of you
    using that line to sensationalise your article. It’s a very common trick
    these days, but not always appreciated.

    Further, your acts of
    taking personal offence to his lyrics also tempt me to wonder what your
    real intentions with this article are. In my honest opinion, you are
    taking feminism an inch too far. It would only make sense for you to
    take personal offence if you were a cigarette-wielding, rum-guzzling,
    pot-smoking slut, but I shall take the liberty to believe you aren’t. =)

    “Your
    male followers treat women the way they would treat a pile of dung only
    because you inspired them to do so.” – I’m sorry, what? Do you
    seriously believe what you’ve written? I’d expect something like this
    only from a person who’s trying to cover up, justify heinous crimes like
    rape and sexual harassment and shove responsibilities onto somebody
    else. If some sick people cannot control their sexual urges and rape
    people, it’s ONLY them who’s responsible. You CANNOT abet rape, please
    be very clear about that. And if you’re referring to the patriarchal
    structure of society, please do not blame Honey Singh for the
    thousand-odd-year old customs.

    “Would you teach your child the
    same thing?” – Why not? Why can’t he give dating advice to his child?
    Don’t you watch English television shows where elders teach their
    adolescent kids what to do with their dating lives? Do you wish to take
    advantage of the gap our generation has with the elders when it comes to
    direct discussions about sex?

    See, I’m not a die-hard fan of
    Honey Singh myself. However, I appreciate the energy his sings impart to
    the youth and the contribution he has made to India’s nightlife.

    But
    if you insist on staying away from realistic and to-the-face
    descriptions of people’s behaviour in society, I’d suggest you never
    visit Delhi again. Please also stay away from Hollywood, Bollywood, TV
    shows and theatre. In fact, most forms of public entertainment these
    days contain sexual material – much of them crude even.

    Do not put yourself through this trauma, for your own good. =)

  18. Vibhor Pareek

    Brilliantly written!!!!
    Hats off to the restrain you have shown, by not indulging in any sort of profanity… neither to the guy in question nor to some of the (atrociously dim witted) comments that have been posted!!!!
    Kudos to your writing prowess and (especially your) patience!!!!

    1. Sumedha

      Hi Vibhor

      Thanks a bunch 🙂 I am overwhelmed.
      I guess everyone has been very kind to me with their comments, irrespective of whether they agree with me or not. I therefore believe that I have no right to use profanities. As far as Mr Honey Singh is concerned, if I use foul language to describe him, I will be labelled as a hypocrite.
      But thank you again, really value your feedback 🙂

    2. Vibhor Pareek

      Was a pleasure…hope you continue writing with such aplomb.

    3. Sumedha

      Thanks again! I will try my best 🙂

  19. Dhillon Arashdeep

    hi sumedha i agree with you

    being a guy myself i reckon he has got the talent but he is definitely need to do something about his writing

    1. Sumedha

      Thank you for your comment.

      He sure is talented, but the sexism needs to go, in my opinion.
      🙂

  20. qshib.qs@gmail.com

    if someone’s freedom to speak goes against the freedom of the others, you are supposed to stop that person from being free for he is snatching your freedom from you.
    There are no problems, whatever you may speak against any sex, any person or for that case anything. But as soon as you go public, you are giving a wrong message to the public and your personal thinking is insulting someone, something. And you ate publicly abusing someone. You may be even sued for this..

  21. Prade

    My God lady, u r so pissed off..I just couldn’t refrain myself from imagining your face when you will speak Mr.Singh yeh…Mr. Singh woh. Mr. Singh. Whyyyy. Mr.Singh.Why can’t you. Mr. Singh..Mr. Singh..Mr. Singh…………………………BANG!!

    Every line is so caustic soda laced that you made my hour.
    Cynical as I am .(r u cynic or a skeptic??) But one thing I should say that Mr. Singh is one good rapper… You do speak your mind clearly without any inhibitions..
    Plz Can you rap your rant..yo yo

    1. Sumedha

      Hi Prade!
      (How am I supposed to pronounce your name? I am curious)

      Yes, I was REALLY pissed off after having to analyze whatever Mr Singh was rapping about, but I did not look at myself in the mirror while doing so, so I don’t really know what my cynical and skeptical countenance looked like.
      And caustic soda laced? Wow! I absolutely intended to make myself sound as caustic as possible, so I shall take that as a compliment 🙂
      Mr Singh does have a good knowledge of music, no doubt, but I sadly cannot rap my rant :'( I wish I could. I think I am going to rant about it in front of God when I die so that He gives me the power to rap whatever complaints I have against Honey Singh ji, in my next life. Since Honey ji has such amazing fans like you, I am sure he will be the number one Indian rapper in his next life too 🙂
      But thank you for your feedback, I really appreciate it, YO! 😀

  22. Shahamat Mufti

    ok I tell you ,the ranting will go in vain coz its in English Language.
    and our Singh ji is a Pun-jabi. Punjabi,are coolest people accordin to him. I pity those who are not from his clan. Punjabiyat is a synonym of coolness and Sexiness.

    1. Sumedha

      Hi Shahamat
      I don’t quite understand how my ranting will go in vain because it is in the English language. Do you think Mr Honey Singh does not understand English? I thought he used a lot of English words in his songs. However, you read my rant and cared to comment and you sure do understand English, so I can be complacent enough to conclude that it has not gone in vain after all 🙂

      Also, I do not doubt the fact that Punjabis are some of the coolest folks ever. I have Punjabi friends and relatives and they are brilliant examples of people who are essentially ‘cool’ while exuding a certain amount of warmth at the same time. As far as the sexiness is concerned, yes, a lot of Punjabi people are sexy, I am not doubting that at all! Akshay Kumar is supposed to be one of the sexiest men alive and he is a Punjabi, right? But I don’t find Yo Yo ji sexy or cool. Sorry. I hope I have made myself clear 🙂

      But then you say that you pity those people who do not belong to Yo Yo Honey Singh ji’s clan. A source tells me that Sikhs account for only 0.39 percent of the world population. So do you then pity 99.61 percent of people around the world? I would be more than obliged if you could let me know.
      Thank you! 🙂

  23. Vaibhav Rawat

    😀 i love the article, its crisp, its scathing and its gonna hurt Mr, Honey right in the family jewels.
    besides that point, what you should really be looking into is the image the artist is trying to project….a testosterone fuelled monkey who rants about being the king of the world, its a wise saying that being accepted by a woman gives validation to a man’s life and that is what the artist is out there to counter, that he doesn’t need the love and support of a woman and he can, at his will and liberty, move on in his life, in most cases to another girl. Watch a video of a cave man treating a woman while listening to his song, you ll know what i mean,
    I love his songs, because of that underlying violence and world-be-damned attitude. if you really wanna compare, not in the same league though, are metal and death metal songs…..which are about anti-christ and pleasures of hell and destruction but people love it because of the violence and aggression,
    what you listen doesn’t make you, you think all the people in a mosh pit or line-of-death hit each other in their day-to-day lives…..same goes for honey singh.

    1. Sumedha

      Hi Vaibhav

      Thank you so much! And family jewels- hahahaha! xD

      I am nodding in agreement because I also believe that Mr Singh is trying too hard to portray himself as a rebel, as a man who does not really give a damn and in my arrogant opinion, he has failed miserably because forget subversion, he has only reduced his image to that of a misogynist. One does not need to ill-treat/abuse/blame/defame a woman in order to assert his superiority.
      As far as the cave man example is concerned, it breaks my heart to say that I couldn’t agree more.

      Oh yes! Music is a matter of choice and I have no right whatsoever to stop anybody from loving/admiring Honey Singh. The man has a certain amount of talent which I shall not proceed to question (for a change) and people can always love him and his music. Why am I even talking? He is one of the highest paid musicians in the country with a fan following which is maddening. And I have heard of and heard some Death and Black Metal. I do not particularly fancy both because of the high amount of screaming involved. I am not a big fan of violence and noise, but a lot of people are and that is absolutely perfect. To each his own 🙂

      And totally! You are not what you listen to the way you are NOT what you eat or wear. Not all Honey Singh fans/listeners insult women, not at all.

      But thank you for your time and your kind words! Keep reading 🙂

  24. Kanone

    I am rather disturbed than surprised by the number of youngsters blindly appreciating almost any and every piece of critical ranting available these days.

    Before I start with a structured commentary on your content, I’d like to congratulate you on your brilliant use of language. I wish I could command written English as well as you do some day. =)

    Now to your article.

    It’s pretty evident, and you’ve also confessed that you’re new to Punjabi music, don’t listen to it very often and don’t fancy it much either. However, your notion of Punjabi music being anywhere close to soothing your senses (and hence the comparison to Robindro Songeet) has no significance at all. On the contrary, Punjabi culture (and hence their art and music) is quite opposite to what Bengalis may be exposed to. Punjabis call themselves loud, and their music but obviously invokes a fervor of partying and dance. It’s simply not meant to soothe any senses.

    In the next segment, you write about how the lyrics got you thinking. Now, to all those who believe a song has two distinct parts, i.e. the lyrics and the tune, fail to realise that these two components are in fact rather dependent on each other and hence indispensable to the song in its entirety. In my opinion, hence, looking at a song and appreciating any one of the two components is unfair, simply because there is no tune without the lyrics, and no lyrics can make an impact without a suitable tune that complements them. This brings me to the conclusion that if you’re “humming on the catchy tune”, your brain actually relates to the lyrics while remembering the tune. I’m sure you’d be cursing your brain right now. 😉 It’s the same piece of grey matter that produced the article above.

    Next, I find myself concerned about your interpretation of Honey Singh’s lyrics to be derogatory to females in general. You need to keep in mind that in songs like “Choot”, “Dope Shope” and “High Heels”, he targets a certain genre of young women. These women would be sex-starved, promiscuous women addicted to drinking, smoking and drugs. And trust you me, you DO find such characters in the so-called hi-fi party scenes of Delhi and Chandigarh. If you call yourself old-fashioned, I don’t understand why you would find Singh’s rants against such people derogatory. Even if you disagree with the crude presentation, I’d be open to alternate yet effective ways of self-realisation. I know for a fact that many girls have quit/reduced their drug/drinking/smoking habits, while at the same time enjoying Honey Singh’s songs on the dance floor. I see no connection between the two acts, really.
    I also feel you’ve gone a bit overboard with your sensitivity. Lack of complete research on the topic is also evident. A good example here would be your own words, “A particular song of yours made me believe that no boy would ever look at me because the colour of my skin was not exactly brown…”. Here, I can safely assume you haven’t watched any of the music videos by Honey Singh. If you had watched the “Brown Rang” video, you would have immediately known the “gori” he referred to was a White Caucasian, not even minutely Indian. I am afraid there is also a possibility of you using that line to sensationalise your article. It’s a very common trick these days, but not always appreciated.

    Further, your acts of taking personal offence to his lyrics also tempt me to wonder what your real intentions with this article are. In my honest opinion, you are taking feminism an inch too far. It would only make sense for you to take personal offence if you were a cigarette-wielding, rum-guzzling, pot-smoking slut, but I shall take the liberty to believe you aren’t. =)

    “Your male followers treat women the way they would treat a pile of dung only because you inspired them to do so.” – I’m sorry, what? Do you seriously believe what you’ve written? I’d expect something like this only from a person who’s trying to cover up, justify heinous crimes like rape and sexual harassment and shove responsibilities onto somebody else. If some sick people cannot control their sexual urges and rape people, it’s ONLY them who’s responsible. You CANNOT abet rape, please be very clear about that. And if you’re referring to the patriarchal structure of society, please do not blame Honey Singh for the thousand-odd-year old customs.

    “Would you teach your child the same thing?” – Why not? Why can’t he give dating advice to his child? Don’t you watch English television shows where elders teach their adolescent kids what to do with their dating lives? Do you wish to take advantage of the gap our generation has with the elders when it comes to direct discussions about sex?

    See, I’m not a die-hard fan of Honey Singh myself. However, I appreciate the energy his songs impart to the youth and the contribution he has made to India’s nightlife.

    But if you insist on staying away from realistic and to-the-face descriptions of people’s behaviour in society, I’d suggest you never visit Delhi again. Please also stay away from Hollywood, Bollywood, TV shows and theatre. In fact, most forms of public entertainment these days contain sexual material – much of it crude even. Since you’re highly intolerant of common words like “Choot”, you would probably be severely traumatized by such words and innuendos in public.

    Do not put yourself through this trauma, for your own good. =)

    1. Sumedha

      Hi Kanone

      Before I go on to defend myself and my opinions, I would like to thank you for sparing so much of your valuable time in going through this piece and offering me a commentary which is much longer than my article 🙂 This feedback and criticism is what we look for, so thank you so very much 🙂

      Also, thank you again for those kind words. Having gone through whatever you had to say about my post, I firmly believe that you happen to be a wonderful writer yourself with a fantastic command over the English language. And such strong opinions should not be limited to comments. Please write for Youth Ki Awaaz if you haven’t written already, would love to read more of what you have to say 🙂

      Firstly, I am not really new to Punjabi music, I have heard the likes of Rabbi Shergill, Imran Khan, Ashok Mastie, Daler Mehendi, Sukhbir and apna Mika Singh to name a few- I mentioned this previously in one of the comments, so I am pretty sure you must have seen it. This may not be enough when compared to veterans like you (I am taking the liberty to believe that you are a veteran when it comes to Punjabi music), but is quite something. Also, I did write the fact that Punjabi music does not essentially soothe one’s senses the way Robindro Songeet does (“I was born and brought up in Bengal, a land where the ‘Shordarjee’s’ and their ‘mujeek’ does not really soothe one’s senses the way Robindro Songeet does”) you must have overlooked it while offering your passionate tirade. Also, I might not be that well-acquainted with Punjabi music, but two of Rabbi Shergill’s songs, titled ‘Bulla ki Jaana’ and ‘Tere Bin’ very clearly fall into the category of music that is soothing and far from being loud. Please listen to them again, they are soft enough to put you to sleep 🙂

      Also, I might be digressing a bit, but the question of stereotyping also arises
      here. You see sir, not everyone who grows up in Bengal and listens to Robindro
      Songeet happens to be a Bengali. Not all Calcuttans are Bengalis the way not
      all Delhi people are Punjabis, right? It is high time people, especially in
      Delhi accepted that fact. But then hey! A lot of Bengalis I know LOVE Punjabi
      music that is loud and replete with energy and do not give two hoots about
      Robindro Songeet, so you win there 🙂

      I regret to inform you that the next segment failed to make me curse my grey matter- the one that came up with this rant. I would like to ask you: Have you heard of the likes of Beethoven, Mozart and Claude Debussy?
      All they produce are symphonies and lyrics do not find a place in their productions.
      Do you think that compositions like ‘Beethoven’s Symphony’ and ‘Clair De Lune’
      made no impact because they had no lyrics? Therefore, all those people who
      appreciate this genre of music should be rendered fools, right? Please impart
      them a lesson on art and music appreciation, they need it. I shall attend the
      class too because I am foolish enough to find Mr Honey Singh’s music catchy and
      an ignorant little girl for being offended by virtue of the lyrics that accompanied them.

      Next, I understand your argument in favour of Honey Singh ji- the fact that he addresses his songs to a certain section of women. They are meant for (and I shall quote you here) the “cigarette-wielding, rum-guzzling, pot-smoking sluts”. However, why would a slut need a Honey Singh to impart her a lesson or two on morality? What defines a slut in the first place? Someone who has sex with a lot of men (or women) and is open to the other vices of the world, right? But then a lot of men do the same thing too. Men have sex with a lot of women/men, men smoke pot and cigarettes and drink innumerable glasses of alcohol. So why can’t Honey ji try and give such men a few moral lessons? But then one also needs to consider the fact that having been exposed to the gem of a song called ‘choot’, Yo Yo ji cannot really afford to be a moral preacher. Also why limit such people to Delhi and Chandigarh only? The rest of the country is not devoid of pot-smokers, sex-starved individuals, chain-smokers and boozers and it’s not just the girls who fall into this
      category. Maybe you should visit other cities too and see what the scene is
      like. Also, Mr Singh NEVER mentioned as to who he was referring to when he used such derogatory lyrics in his songs, so it is only human, or should I say, only
      a female thing to take offense.
      I mentioned this in one of the comments and I shall paste it here as well:
      ‘If Mr Honey Singh has had a bad experience with certain girls, why not have
      the song titles accordingly? For example:
      ‘This song is dedicated to Miss XYZ’, ‘This song goes out to Mrs ABC’.
      My rant will then be deemed inconsequential and all of Yo Yo ji’s fans will be
      happy people once again :)’

      This is not a feminist rant sir, this is merely a personal opinion coming from someone who finds the depiction of females in Honey Singh’s songs derogatory and a lot of females AND males agree with me. I am not forcing you to think along the same lines and yes, I take offense irrespective of whether I am a slut or not.
      There is something called freedom of speech and expression, I simply exercised
      it, the way you have. 🙂

      Thank you for pointing out the lack of research and the overdose of sensitivity
      in my article. You see, I have as a matter of fact seen the video for ‘brown
      rang’ and all I could see was a car, a palatial house and Mr Honey Singh and
      his brown ‘kudi’ gyrating their bodies for a good two minutes before I was
      forced to put it on pause. I failed to spot a Caucasian girl and therefore was
      compelled to believe that no boy would pay attention to me because my skin is
      comparatively pale. You win here and I concede defeat but then please tell me
      how these words from the same song are justified:

      “Ban mitran di whore I mean mitran di ho”

      He uses the word ‘whore’ for his lady in this part. So us brown girls should be
      whores then? Isn’t this provocative? So who do you think is sensationalizing here? Me or the great Mr Singh? If this is not supposed to make me sensitive, what should? 🙂

      And yes, I absolutely believe in whatever I have written, I wrote those words
      in the first place because I believe in them 🙂
      Treating women like a pile of shit is one thing, raping them is another. Did
      you read the words ‘’Honey Singh inspires men to rape women’’ anywhere in this
      article? I am a female living in the capital and I am concerned about my safety all the time so I should be the last person to justify rape. You might not be a Honey Singh fan, but I would take the liberty to believe that you have heard and liked most of his songs. So have you listened to this wonderful number called ‘break-up party’? Here you have some brilliant lines from the song that reeks of hatred for a certain female and the two men (our very own Honey Singh and his macho friend) are devising ways of taking revenge:

      “Ab uski best friend ko fasaaunga

      Long drive pe usko le jaaunga

      Usko jalaun use bada tadpau

      Apni ex ko aaj main sabak sikhaaun”

      I know of 13 year old boys who are Honey Singh fans, boys who are yet to go
      into relationships and yet to discover the vices of the world. What do you
      think this particular song would teach a teenage boy? How do you think the song
      ‘choot’ would influence this boy? Maybe you should look into the impact of
      popular culture on the minds of the young and impressionable once again. You
      see, not all citizens of our country are as enlightened as you are and will not
      bat an eyelid before following what Mr Singh preaches. I am sure you are not
      convinced, so here you go, I am pasting the words of one of our commenters:

      “I’d also like to add that there are a
      lot of men in the society who aren’t very high on self esteem, when it comes to
      talking with girls. And I’d say Yo Yo ji encourages those men, and ask them to
      wear such attitude”.

      Also, if I am not asking for too much, I request you to watch this particular video and pay attention to what the great Yo Yo ji has to say here:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMkM4E0Hxao

      I am only asking you, what do you make of this? Please let me know, I would
      be more than obliged. Also, Honey Singh ji is an ‘International Villager’ and a
      major chunk of his fans are not really that educated and well-versed with the
      ways of the western world. These people also happen to be the main consumers of
      cinema, music and fashion that a lot of us from the urban society would usually
      (pretend to) dislike because they are too mainstream. Why do you think films
      like Dabangg fare better in smaller towns? Why do you think ‘Munni Badnam Hui’
      and ‘Fevicol Se’ are songs that are usually associated with the working class
      by people like you and me? Why do you think the ‘Tere Naam’ haircut was a
      bigger hit with the boys of relatively smaller cities than those belonging to
      the metropolises? Mr Honey Singh, although a big hit with the disco going crowd
      in our cities (and I am not trying to look down upon ANYONE here) is one that
      falls into a similar category as he caters to a particular taste and is
      therefore influential. (I am sorry, I took a few liberties with your choices in
      this particular part)

      Would you want someone who makes songs like ‘choot’ to give dating advice to
      his son? Should this guy then also teach his son about the birds and the bees?
      Would you want someone who abhors girls who drink but celebrates the same when it comes to drinking with his male friends to teach his son about
      relationships? Ted, despite taking years to reveal how he met the mother of his
      children, is no Honey Singh because he does not regard with disgust the women he broke up with. He can therefore afford to teach them the intricacies of being
      in a relationship. (I cited the example of a popular English Television show,
      right?)
      But hey, let us end this on a positive note and believe that Mr Honey Singh has
      a split personality disorder so that one part of him can be a doting father and
      the other, a sexist rapper. 🙂

      Since you are also taking the liberty to label me as prudish and are questioning my tolerance towards material that is explicit/ suggestive, I would earnestly request you to read this particular article which it is written by me. (Only if you desire) I am not a big fan of publicizing my work, but I guess you sometimes need to do things you do not particularly like 🙂

      http://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2012/09/to-those-men-who-cant-help-but-stare-dear-man-am-i-a-species-that-rare/

      You see, we youngsters are, as the word suggests, young. We are learning
      and are trying to get ourselves acquainted with the way things work in this
      world. We are yet to become intellectuals like you, that is why we appreciate ANY
      given piece of critical writing available to us. But you offered us an insightful read, something that makes us reflect upon ourselves and the way our thoughts function. However, I would suggest that if this disturbs you to such an extent, please try to detach yourself from the younger sections of the society in general and from our criticism of popular culture in particular. Do not put yourself through this trauma for your benefit 🙂

      But then, thank you for your extremely long comment and for your opinions. I
      totally respect your thoughts and they were replete with energy, just the way
      Mr Singh’s songs are and forced me to think and then some more.

      Cheers! 🙂

  25. anonymous

    well said!!!!

    1. Sumedha

      Thank you so much 🙂

  26. Pratik

    Very well written piece.!

    1. Sumedha

      Thank you Pratik 🙂

  27. Prabhjot Singh Brar

    I feel really sad for the degradation of our youth’s mentality. In Punjab People started to protest against this YO YO but it is real shame that bollywood gave him the new platform. Instead he is now enjoying as the most highest paid artist of bollywood and whole country is bouncing to his worthless music and shameful lyrics. Whatever you have mentioned is very true and I hope Mr. Yo Yo will read it soon. Someone has to take a stand.

    1. Sumedha

      Hi Prabhjot

      I agree with most of what you have to say. I do not have any qualms with Mr Honey Singh as a person, my problem entails his perception and depiction of women in his songs and if there was a reason I would protest against him, this would be the one. Yes, I do see a lot of Bollywood stars roping in Honey Singh to make music for their productions. I guess they are banking on his popularity as a rapper, as an ‘international villager’ because most people do not take things too seriously, the way I have, in my piece. So I also think that the likes of Saif Ali Khan and Akshay Kumar would not echo my sentiments.
      His lyrics are indeed shameful, but I will not try to impose this on people who do not agree with me. With us, in this case 🙂
      I hope Honey Singh gets to read this and provides us with an answer.
      Thank you for your time and your feedback. Really value your opinions 🙂

  28. Daphne

    A wonderful article I very much agree with you Sumedha. I feel that abusing women and sustaining your dominion of them isn’t a way of showing yourself powerful or announcing in the society. Yet what can I say, this is also one of the influences of the west with rappers like Eminem doing the same.

    1. Sumedha

      Hi Daphne

      Thank you for your compliments 🙂 And I echo your thoughts that one cannot take the liberty of abusing all women in order to illustrate their own superiority. It is simply unpalatable and a sordid thing to do. But then yes, how many people can you question? Because at the end of the day most rappers from the west do what Mr Honey Singh is celebrated for. Totally in agreement with you 🙂

  29. Sailesh Mohapatra

    I wish you’d consider a few things:
    1) Is the exposition of art (of which, music should be a part of) subject to social propriety?
    2) In case of freedom of opinions, which is held highly in our democracy, who has a right to deem opinions libellous or offensive?
    3) Extrapolation of outward projections of opinions, need not map into an accurate judgement of an individual’s morality.
    4) In a capitalist country as ours (well, almost, right?), we defend the right for anyone to earn a living in whichever way he deem suitable (under the purview of law, of course). Catering to regressive masses is an easy route (India TV, Ekta Kapoor, KJo movies, MTV, Roadies the list continues). Stop all of them?
    5) Stop some of them? Which ones?
    6) Who is to deem how much one is offended by what projection? Or which caste, creed, colour, sex’s offence is to be taken most seriously?
    7) Last, in case of such a large gamut of offensive media, doesn’t the responsibility for viewing mature content fall on the individual themselves? After all, the internet is far more unregulated (case in point: Jon LaJoie, #manly asshole (on twitter)

    So, in case you want to post a rant, make sure you attach a strong personal tone to it. Saying I hate it, that way, people are not led to believe, they as, mature responsible women should hate is as well. Key word here is, hate, vs. ignore.

  30. sj

    Aptly put…His music might be catchy … but his lyrics are filthy.

    P.S. : I am a Punjabi guy.

  31. Shrabani

    Hi Sumedha,

    What a refreshing piece! It feels great to know that in this world where not liking a certain kind of music is being of unsound mind, there are still people from my generation who feel that Yo Yo ji is nothing but crass and demeans women. I am so happy that there is someone who actually reflects what i think.

  32. Dee Rayolia

    People say it is their opinion whatever they say in music.
    We say, it is our opinion that this music is suitable only to be dumped in a trash can.
    If you have to promote misogyny, do it without publishing it.
    If you publish it, we’ll rape your music just like the way you rape women in your song.
    The problem isn’t that he is misogynist.
    The problem is that he is promoting misogyny.
    THAT is NOT alright.
    When a whole generation looks up to a man who glorifies raping women and objectifying females, then we are going to stand up and scream: YOU ARE WRONG.
    We aren’t censoring your music Mr. Honey Singh, we are just annihilating it in public.
    Because there are enough patriarchal misogynists roaming around in the parliament, we don’t want another one in the music industry.
    I SO WANTED SOMEONE TO WRITE ABOUT HIM. Thank you so much.
    I am a boy and it pisses me off big time when I hear Honey Singh. I cant even imagine what girls must feel when they hear his lyrics.

  33. Lehar

    If Honey Singh songs are responsible for the objectification of women then singers like Sunidhi Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal should also be banned as they sing songs which tempt males like ‘Sheila ki Jawani’ and ‘Fevicol se’. Probably her luring songs must be the reason behind the rapes?

  34. soham

    Sumedha, This video exactly illustrates what you mean to say

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt1Rhd_sRhg

  35. Shambo banerjee

    It was a delight to read this article. But sadly,since chauvinism has become a deep-rooted problem in India,most guys would actually enjoy his music. Even when I heard it the 1st time(back in 2006-2207),I found the lyrics funny not really understanding that how derogatory the words could mean to a woman.. I thought maybe its one of a kind songs and it would stop but it continued to pour in. Of course, a Honey Singh is not the real reasons behind rapes or crimes against women but sadly his songs do represent the mindset of many guys who might have been rejected by a girl(being a guy am saying this). I guess this mindset needs to be changed first.As for his music,yeah many love it despite not understading the lyrics so they chose not delve further into the innuendos of what his songs try to convey(and this applies to girls as well). All in all,it was a good read.

    1. Shambo banerjee

      *reason, not to delve.. Do excuse the typos..

  36. wahid311

    Read first 2-3 paragraphs of this article. I can understand how it feels as a girl to hear honey singh’s songs. If such songs were made about boys, boys would feel the same. But still, the ‘c***t’ song was not published as album and it just became popular in youth for its catchy tune and awesome rap (well, it takes lot of talent to create that kind of rap, whatever be the lyrics).

    If you consider it to worldwide rap culture, you will find Honey Singh’s songs least offensive. I listen to literally lot of rap music and it flows in me. I assure you that you will be screaming 100 times louder if you hear international rap songs by say 50 cents.

    I see that as a girl, you have raised “Why?” questions only in this article due to which I could not continue after 2-3 paragraphs. I would suggest you to write an article on every such rapper who makes such songs. People dont care much about lyrics always, it is the talent of rapper which makes the tune or rap catchy. Lyrics follow it. Honey Singh has made it with his hard work and you should not use his name to get traffic on articles. I daily hear rap songs including honey singh and I am sorry that lyrics of all rap songs are offensive in some way but they should be taken as fun and not literally. No one is forcing you to hear them.

  37. Mark

    It is Immaterial whether he insults male or female, what really DISGUSTING is singing such filthy sh!t and calling It MUSIC is end of Decent Culture.
    It cannot soothe soul but makes mind foul.

  38. Gargi

    Hey Sumedha
    My introduction to Honey Singh was somewhat similar to yours…..and the initial reaction was shock and rage (and going by how the majority tends to take the lyrics at face value, that is how I feel yet again). But then as you said how ‘inconsequential’ the songs are…I had a good laugh over them. The Punjabi friend who introduced me to the great Yo Yo-er was of the opinion that he is actually portraying the ‘cheap male psyche’ through his songs (and of course he doesn’t mind the cheap money that comes along with it. :D). Now the friend being a girl with a mind of her own (which thankfully is reasonable more often than not) I do believe her..so it’s a matter of perspective I guess. However, given that our country has only one perspective on women and their functionality, Mr. Singh would indeed do well to pen something more subjective!!

  39. Tulika Srivastava

    honey singh dont have ny knowledge abt music…he just add his one paragrph rap in the song…..nd wot I blv his songs lyk ‘me h balatkari” etc are ruining our youth

  40. Avdhesh Tanwar

    We will never have good creative endeavours in India because some people are ready to object and ban it.
    Still its right to speech and i don`t know how Eminem would have sounded if he tried to be morally upright. I don`t think so any one should interfere. If you don`t like it than don`t listen to it. If choot was a big hit, doesn`t that mean there`s something wrong with everyone.

    And I love the song Choot and and we have played it even with girls who like it too and please it doesn`t mean that we go do it in real life but still its a good song catchy tune and all. It was a creative endeavour and have every right to express any thing any ways. We don`t see in India movies like Pulp Fiction because everyone is ready to object on anything

    1. Puneet

      For god’s sake dude dont compare eminem with this piece of shit so called rapper. He got a grammy with his second album. Just because some one has used the indian counterparts of Cunt, Fuck and Dick in a song doesnt make it uber cool. Eminem’s lyrics and songs are more about the troubles he has faced in his real life. what this piece of shit singer sings is just like he’s making a fuss after a god-damn break up. comeon man get a life deal with it. one doesn’t have to cringe about all the girls and portray them as object just because a girl left her during college.
      In a country where we judge songs by their youtube views, what else can we expect ? eminem has sold close to millions of copies globally, in India we download this yo yo’s crappy songs from sited like songs.pk ! and last thing, just because a few girls around you dont object to his songs it doesnt make it a benchmark for every girl to like it ! music is more than just liking the “tunes” of the song, lyrics also exist !!

  41. komalk

    Sumedha, your article explains my issue with the “Singer” since i am wary of his music as well . More than anything i am happy that you take out time to reply to the idiotic, non sensical and excruciatingly “brain fart” comments of some people.

    I will give him the credit of making dope beats BUT we shouldn’t forget the presence of other producers and artists on board who may or may not have contributed to it .
    Anyways it always sounds like Lil Wayne – gone- wrong – ish

    All the people who state his actions as “His personal opinion” are so ignorant of the implications ! – Everytime he makes a STUPID song , SEXIST dudes on the street sing it to Sexually and mentally harass women !

    My problem(not hate) with this “dude”s music is not only by the virtue of me possessing a vagina , its more complex
    – He caters to a particular audience and he knows that ! ( makes the same sort of songs over and over again)
    – He assumes that he is the “first” Punjabi rapper . Completely oblivious to Apache Indian and Bohemia
    – He is a wannabe(No originality) with good connections (Bohemia , a rapper . Has his own personal style, distinct from all western rappers )
    – He needs a dictionary to write new songs dealing with issues more important than Women footwear and his penis problems.

    The logic of “If he is so bad , how is he so famous” + “He is so successful and does bollywood music” + “he got paid the most” is flawed because lets face the
    smelly reality of things ! Bollywood is NOT a parameter to judge creativity , it is however a parameter to judge your “Masala making” talent . SOmething Mr maple syrup knows !(La Jusreign)

    The one shred of respect that i have for him is because he worked “apparently” hard at trinity College, which is not a cakewalk to get into .

    It would be funny though if all this is a cheap PR strategy to gain attention and create a bad ass image of him . Sadly , it is working .

    Only if he was to keep his heart to music ..real music.I believe he could be really good

  42. Rita Banerji

    Why? Because he knows he has a market! Same for sex-selection and dowry givers! All products of misogyny with wide social sanction. Honey Singh sings what sells! The Mein Kamph was/ is one of the best selling books (apparently also in India!) But in Germany and some other countries it has been banned. Perhaps something to think about. 20% of women exterminated from India in 20 years. That’s a genocide and it makes for a good parallel case.

  43. Keerthi

    Completely agree. I literally cringed after reading the translated lyrics of choot. One guy has commented underneath “This is real song.”
    My god what is wrong with people. Sure, most of his songs are sexist and misogynist but I enjoyed Lungi dance and Brown rung…But this one is just..unspeakably horrid.
    Not to mention he acts like a complete tool in his videos.

  44. Saloni

    Great!
    The lyrics of his latest song Blue eyes go like “Choti dress mei bomb lagti hai.”
    SO if guys on the street eve tease women by singing this song, it won’t be any surprise.
    Media, music, films have great power to influence people. Honey Singh, being an educated person, should keep this in mind & use his popularity for instilling something better.

    1. Aishwarya

      saloni gupta? 😛

  45. Shilpi

    I so agree with you Sumedha……I ask now where are the keepers of our cultures..or the censor board …whu has objections on freedom of a gal…on showing consensual sex on screen…but no censor on the misogynist lyrics of Honey Singh???!!!!

  46. Adishi

    Thank you for writing this. But no wonder, many more ridiculous songs have been written since the day this article was written. I’m eagerly waiting for this guy’s crazy fan following to die out soon!!

  47. None

    He is going to weep that day when his daughter will born. I hope we will make a great world of equality by then.
    But he will weep. He will……..

  48. GirirajPratap

    Dear Sumedha,
    Let me begin with the fact that more than boys, girls are so enthusiastic and ecstatic about “yo yo ji’s (as you mentioned)” concerts. I am a boy who too dont support his lyrics but having gone through your accusation, I learned that you are just stuck to his a few phrases (rather you should have raised the issue by saying his lyrics is against the feminism).
    Even after he sings a stereotype I wonder why girls are so excited and obliged by his fame (though I consider that there are ‘a few’ boys too).

    1. Anannya

      Oh, thats exactly what all of us wonder. Its quite absurd. I wonder how girls forget the fact that there is this society that refuses to accept them as humans, and are still comfortable in dancing to the beats of a song that reflects the same idea. Goes beyond me.

  49. Divya

    Dear Sumedha

    I completely get your point. But seriously, you don’t actually mean all what you have written, if you do then perhaps you are over-thinking things. I am not any Yo Yo fan but I know that taking an extreme stand on the lyrics of his songs wouldn’t be right.
    At the end of the day, everyone is entitled to his/her opinion, you have presented yours here. Kudos to you for a good write-up! Keep up the good work.

    Much Regards

    1. Anannya

      As much as I agree to the fact that everybody is entitled to his/her opinion, I really am eager to know ghe reason why you say taking an extreme stand on the lyrics of Yo Yo Honey Singh is wrong. Can you please elucidate?

  50. Meghna

    I agree with you completely about the height of misogyny that is Honey Singh ( I give him credit for excellent beats though). The way he distances himself from his songs is by saying that it is what the ‘youth’ talks about. As you and I very well know, there is no ONE youth. But I think more than being a misogynist (I wouldn’t be too quick to label him or his lyrics), he unfortunately does represent the misogyny of the society and does not stand alone to be blamed. By picking him out as an image and by labeling all the girls who love him as unaware poor saplings (I am VERY well aware of the implications. I am a feminist. But I don’t mind dancing to his tunes, just like people don’t mind wearing Tommy Hilfiger even though he’s racist… and so many more examples like that, all based on the fact that we are a consumerist brainwashed capitalist society, yes. But I’ll save that for another day).

    Anyhoo, back to yo yo. I think we are stuck in the perpetual debate of whether media shapes reality or whether it represents it. Truth is, it’s a chicken-egg question and you seem to believe in the former. For what it’s worth, I like him for bringing the ‘filth’ out in the open- accessible to all. Also, not all boys who listen to him treat girls like shit, trust me. Just like not all the songs he sings are misogynistic – in one of his interviews he mentioned how he started with a song on Bhagat Singh which wasn’t a hit- now clearly that’s reflective of our society if not anything.

    Do not take me for his fan, I could do without him. Just that I wouldn’t be so quick to label anyone as misogynist until I can safely say that NOTHING that I or people around me do can or does fall into that category (just the other day I was told by a really close friend that girls shouldn’t drink too much). So yes, I think it’s the easy way out to distance oneself from an ‘image’ and label it as an outcaste, as the the other (as we usually do with lower class men/migrants and rape). But it’s really hard to see him as a part, product and representation of our society (and let’s not forget pitbull and the others as well as date rapes before we start idolizing the west). Let’s try and see him as part of us and the little ways in which we as a society and all the circumstances have given rise to him, and then maybe we’ll find a solution. THere’s no man without a circumstance- there would have been no Gandhi without the Britishers and their laws.

  51. Imozzat

    Obvious message, sucky article. Poor research and adding nothing to the already prevelant opinion.

    See, if you really want to critique him atleast make some sound arguments. E.g. He says that his songs have the same content as the yesteryears songs, e.g. “Chhalkaiye jaam, ankhon ke jaam, honthon ke jaam”, however stated blatantly rather than cast in ghazal tones. Do you have an argument against it?! Was’nt that mysoginistic?! Moreover if you come to pick lyrics, atleast 99 percent of Bollywood has lyrics that make absolutely no sense, e.g. “Tera pyaar pyaar, sutta baar”. But then why is Himesh not criticized?! Can you present an argument in that direction?! Would love to see a better article from you than this.

  52. Trisha

    Except a handful, majority are disrespectful towards women. I need not put up any examples. The songs, movies made now a days are really implementing a lot of impact into the minds of the audience. Its an appeal to the makers of the songs & movies to create something more judicious and moral.

  53. Anwesha

    Recently Honey Singh appeared on a popular talk show. And one of the audience members said that he loved his songs and encouraged his kid son to go up on stage and dance to his tunes. A few other kids joined him as well, with the parents cheering on. So I don’t know what Honey Singh plans to teach his kids, but many other parents seem to be perfectly happy in letting their 6-7 year olds listen to songs which may lay the foundations of misogynistic ideas in the impressionable minds of their kids. So who should we blame-the singer or the audience who happily buy his songs?
    Basically, misogyny sells. It always has. And that is what we need to be concerned about.

  54. Nikhil Karje

    Saying he is a mysogynist is stating the obvious. But I agree on what you said in the article “I sometimes feel like I belong to a society that is extremely gullible and cannot think for itself”.

    But on the positive side, when you know that a person is Yo Yo fan, that gives us a right to judge them 😛

  55. ABC

    Thats right. Give him more publicity. Thats exactly what he wants. He’s just a singer, enjoy his music or don’t, thats upto you. Analysing music made by someone with different views and opinions and writing him a letter which he’ll never read or care about shows how much time you have on your hands.

    There are many atrocious things happening to women all over the world , this is not the least scary and probably deserves the least amount of coverage. Please use your time for better things and I’m going to unfriend the person who shared this on my wall.

  56. Ravan

    He Sings only those songs which people want now-days. you will get his songs in everyone’s phone, even i have seen some girls having his that song titled as “Choot”. So Dear Sumedha Bharpilania first see the peoples around you after that blame Honey singh. He struggeled for so many years bt didn’t get achievement coz of his simple lyrics. He is only doing what our society want. our society make him famous by listening downloading his song.

  57. Chhavi Tyagi

    2 sentences that I loved in this article-
    “It breaks my heart when I see girls my age moving their bodies to your tunes, without ever realizing the enormity of whatever it is that you are trying to convey.”
    “Your fan following is another element that never fails to amaze me. I sometimes feel like I belong to a society that is extremely gullible and cannot think for itself.”
    My views-
    *This guy don’t know anything about music… lack of vocabulary and language results in pathetic ‘lyrics’ (if at all we can call them so).
    *The fact that Bollywood industry too has now accepted him as a singer (my fingers trembled typing this humble word for him) is in itself a major question that public figures too are not responsible enough to do their bit for the good of society.
    *This guy’s mother should have slapped him hard the day he composed his first shitty song. It is the responsibility of parents to give good human beings to the society.
    *This man (not the ‘real’ man) should be banned for the sake of ‘humanity’. It’s the call of the hour.

  58. Prakriti Singhania

    The author of this article sums it up as well as any. Honey Singh’s lyrics demean women so, they make my skin crawl. And though I love having the car radio on while driving, the misogynist lyrics blaring at me from every other radio channel, especially Red FM New Delhi, on my drive to and from work in the NCR, often force me to reach out for my brother’s pen drive. I wish we women would stop gyrating to Yo! Yo! Honey Singh’s music no matter how catchy the beats.

  59. Dikshant sharma

    I am totally agree with you sister.i also dont like these ridiculous mindsets of these dirty guys.

  60. Aman

    I remeber the famous dialouge of the Dirty picture some what like “kuch logo ka naam apne kaam se bada hota hain mera badnaam honker hua hain…yes same is the story of Honey singh…in order to get famous he used a degraded way..Why because this country specially men belong to FOSLA (frustrated one sided lovers association)….so when they hear his lyrics speacilly anti women or women who doesnt care for love or who is so called bigadi hui ladki …makes those people do away with there frustration…thats made him grow up…why do man infact women also love do dance on his tunes…simple the taste of music is changed…today people when partying listen to beats and not lyrics…they love his beats and dont bother about lyrics….a simple example the gangnam style song …no body knew the lyrics but all loved the song and what was the theme again in the picturization something related to a single frustrated guy looking for girls …so all and all if he starts Singing Bhajans or clasical sangeet is expecting Lata Mangeshkar to start rapping…and in the rap jonour even if you listen songs of famous rappers across the world like 50 cents ..Snoop dog..etc it is all about abusive language …girls or representing sexism..That is what he is doing..He represent the western rap in Indian language… But if u are not a rap fan these type of songs are certainely not for u…

  61. Anonymous

    The world is being hypnotized by these sexist songs and this is all an conspiracy.

  62. Vasudha Kapoor

    I appreciate the step taken by Ms. Bharpilania. The sexist messages given by the songs of the famous rap singer are needed to be checked which, to my amazement, are getting high popularity ratings. On one hand people come to the roads to shout slogans against heinous crimes like rape and on the other hand, the same people dance to the tunes of Yo Yo Honey Singh. I strongly believe that if the person, despite of being highly disrespectful towards the female members of society is getting highly appreciated, then a serious thought is needed to be given to the way we are heading towards.
    All we need is a reality check.

  63. Pallavi

    In a country where a woman/girl who is raped is isolated/boycotted or considered untouchable by the society while a porn star becomes a bollywood actress…this is nothing new!! I fail to understand where are we heading?? nd those against such songs are said to have orthodox thinking..This means by loosing all moral values and using such cheap slangs u bcum sumbody COOL or a stud and gain respect nd a huge fan following!! But what amazes me the most is that even the ladies love such songs despite of the fact that in all his songs the women are being used as some kind of (sex) objects of amusement or their role is that of vamps who cheat on guyz and get all the GALIYAANS..!!! pathetic it is :/

  64. Aadrita

    Hi there I want to congratulate you for speaking my mind here thanks author. As to your question why he does that i think it’s because people like him are frustrated with the development of women in this country the male chauvinist here who want a puppet and a servant in a girl are really really frustrated to see our development our independence and brilliance and are pissed of as they can’t no longer have there way with us and that they understand that we are not going to take any crap from them now. so they take our there frustration this way by insulting us in the worst way they think is possible for them every girl is nothing but a whore. as they understand that there is a huge risk there if u physically rape someone they tend to do it psychologically. i hate to admit this but really girls are also responsible for their position here in this society as they dance and hum this bullshit without even once thinking about what it means i really get the shock of my life every time a girl tells me she is honey singh’s fan and then complain about what the society is like. we have a long fight ahead my friend it’s just the starting as women in our country are still not considered as human beings so all the best. lastly i want to add that we can’t really help what anyone is saying or preaching (I don’t know what the censor board is doing) but instead of being upset about it (which i know u can’t help as i can’t even) let’s look at the brighter side all this songs and jokes means that women are gaining an upper hand in the society and the males are really feeling helpless enough to channelize there frustration this way 🙂

  65. aishwaryaiyer

    Thanks a lot for voicing a lot of our opinions. I am appalled when parents allow 10 year old children to listen to Honey Singh by labeling the lyrics as insignificant, Imagine these ideas seeping into minds at such a young age. I don’t say that being popular or entertaining the masses is a bad thing which undermines the quality of music. I’m saying that when someone is a ‘mass entertainer’, there’s a lot of responsibility that comes with it.

  66. kate

    just as u r entitled to ur opinion so is he. d fact that ppl seem to like his music a)neednt necessarily mean dey agree with him b)or take him seriously.
    sometimes for some ppl its just d tune or d beat of d song dat appeals to dem. hardly seems fair to judge dem based on dat. and yes i know dis wasnt exactly wat u meant to convey but im just addressing some of the comments ive read below.

    as far as dis article goes i do believe its become a fad nowadays to get offended over d slightest of slights n make an issue out of it for reasons extending from absolute boredom to a narcissistic agenda of creating an attention seeking situation/increasing self importance via a sanctimonious proclamation of hurt sentiments.

    a couple of concepts of urs id lik to address:
    1. honey singh’s songs steering d general mindset of d population (d men atleast) toward misogyny- well if someone is so easily swayed den its gonna happen one way or d other..both his next door neighbour and honey singh is equally up to d job because apparently if its in a song ur gonna blindly believe it. it is after all a gospel.
    2. body image issues because of honey singh’s songs….seriously?! dat is both giving dese songs way more credit than dey might deserve and insulting women by implying dey r dat easily brainwashed.
    3. u also seem credit honey singh with making breaking hearts cool. somewhere casanova’s spinning like a top in his grave.
    i cud go on but im sure uve gotten my point

    in conclusion: nothing wrong with ur article: it is ur opinion. n u r entitled to have one. but why not have one on something that matters so so so much more than d lyrics of some song dat ppl wudve probably forgotten by this time next year. like i dont know..d incredibly rampant child labour here or d complete apathy d common man harbors toward anything dat doesnt affect him directly, so on n so forth. d endless list seems to mock dis discussion in its entirety.

  67. Harleen

    Hi sumedha,
    I totally agree with every word you’ve said though i have not even heard any of the above mentioned songs fully.and though this is off the topic’s main focus but if you really want to hear punjabi songs then listen to singers like sartaj,rahat fateh ali khan,amy virk,bilal sawd,etc.the pinjabi music in films is bollywood’s version of it and not really worth commenting….

    1. sourabh kashyap

      Good to know there are still some ladies left who have SELF RESPECT, and stand for themselves. I really hate those who like his songs, however his music is good but his mentality is really like INTERNATIONAL VILLAGER. I pray for his wife, who is “housewife”…and honey singh made fun of housewives in his song, “dhoyegi tu kacche, dekhegi doordarshan” whatever, he also disrespected his wife. Shame on him. He is not a “MAN”.

  68. Rishi

    Lady,
    the Yo Yo Honey Singh songs are more like AUDIO PORNs. They r supposed to be that way, if u expect them to be like Shakespearean sonnets, u r bound to be dissappointed.
    They r meant to be light and cool, not
    ‘intellectual treasures’ as u would like them to be.
    They r stess relievers, not to be taken seriously.
    Its his business and guess what, they SELL!
    U dont like them don’t listen, u have no right to stop your friends from listening them, nor can u attack him in this manner for nor being prophetic!!!

    1. Kapil Dev

      Oh! Somebody can say I did rape the girl for stress release, its taken to be seriously. Soch soch ke ladki ke kadpe fad dete hai log

  69. Nipun Anand

    women can remove their clothes and make money .. well that is freedom of expression.. where as men cant make songs..

    oh my deomcracy..

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        A psychologist and co-founder of a mental health NGO called Customize Cognition, Ritika forayed into the space of menstrual health and hygiene, sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights and gender equality as an MHM Fellow with YKA. She says, “The experience of working on MHM/SRHR and gender equality has been an enriching and eye-opening experience. I have learned what’s beneath the surface of the issue, be it awareness, lack of resources or disregard for trans men, who also menstruate.”

        The Transmen-ses campaign aims to tackle the issue of silence and disregard for trans men’s menstruation needs, by mobilising gender sensitive health professionals and gender neutral restrooms in Lucknow.

        Read more about the campaign here.

        A Computer Science engineer by education, Nitisha started her career in the corporate sector, before realising she wanted to work in the development and social justice space. Since then, she has worked with Teach For India and Care India and is from the founding batch of Indian School of Development Management (ISDM), a one of its kind organisation creating leaders for the development sector through its experiential learning post graduate program.

        As a Youth Ki Awaaz Menstrual Health Fellow, Nitisha has started Let’s Talk Period, a campaign to mobilise young people to switch to sustainable period products. She says, “80 lakh women in Delhi use non-biodegradable sanitary products, generate 3000 tonnes of menstrual waste, that takes 500-800 years to decompose; which in turn contributes to the health issues of all menstruators, increased burden of waste management on the city and harmful living environment for all citizens.

        Let’s Talk Period aims to change this by

        Find out more about her campaign here.

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        A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

        A Gender Rights Activist working with the tribal and marginalized communities in india, Srilekha is a PhD scholar working on understanding body and sexuality among tribal girls, to fill the gaps in research around indigenous women and their stories. Srilekha has worked extensively at the grassroots level with community based organisations, through several advocacy initiatives around Gender, Mental Health, Menstrual Hygiene and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) for the indigenous in Jharkhand, over the last 6 years.

        Srilekha has also contributed to sustainable livelihood projects and legal aid programs for survivors of sex trafficking. She has been conducting research based programs on maternal health, mental health, gender based violence, sex and sexuality. Her interest lies in conducting workshops for young people on life skills, feminism, gender and sexuality, trauma, resilience and interpersonal relationships.

        A Guwahati-based college student pursuing her Masters in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bidisha started the #BleedwithDignity campaign on the technology platform Change.org, demanding that the Government of Assam install
        biodegradable sanitary pad vending machines in all government schools across the state. Her petition on Change.org has already gathered support from over 90000 people and continues to grow.

        Bidisha was selected in Change.org’s flagship program ‘She Creates Change’ having run successful online advocacy
        campaigns, which were widely recognised. Through the #BleedwithDignity campaign; she organised and celebrated World Menstrual Hygiene Day, 2019 in Guwahati, Assam by hosting a wall mural by collaborating with local organisations. The initiative was widely covered by national and local media, and the mural was later inaugurated by the event’s chief guest Commissioner of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) Debeswar Malakar, IAS.

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