Why India needs Sunny Leone4 min read 29 Jan 2016, 02:00 AM IST
While safety, human rights and dignity matter more than morality, the adult movie star-turned-Bollywood actor may serve as a flashpoint for gender issues
It is easy to deride someone if you “believe" that the person is morally inferior. One’s own assumed superiority is more dangerous, in fact, than the other person’s supposed inferiority. These may be much debated theorems of human nature, but this very belief (of one’s superiority) is often an illusion. Moral superiority is, after all, a thorny issue, hardly as simple as a TV anchor thinking he is made of gold just because a former adult movie star is on the other side of the goodness scale. This theory became a flesh-and-blood drama recently when TV news channel CNN-IBN’s anchor Bhupendra Chaubey insulted Bollywood actor Sunny Leone while believing he was interviewing her. He crossed the boundaries of journalistic decency with the tone he took, the look he wore and the words he used when he asked her whether “he would become morally corrupt by speaking to her".