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Updated 23 Jan, 2020 |

Why Republic Day chief guest Bolsonaro evokes controversy in India ?

Preeti Taneja

Entrepreneur | Posted 24 Jan, 2020

Jair Bolsonaro is another one of the right-wing stooges who has opportunistically emerged out of the see-through hypocrisy that prevalently exists among the leftists now.


He is the 38th President of Brazil. A former army captain, he took over the office on January 1 (2019) after winning a clear majority in the election.


His win came off as quite a surprise for many in the global forum with The New York Times, in one of its articles, saying “Brazil on Sunday became the latest country to drift toward the far right, electing a strident populist as president in the nation’s most radical political change since democracy was restored more than 30 years ago.”


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How, on the back of his populist views, he won the election is a whole different issue that’s internal to Brazil.


What now stands is that Brazil has a president who is quite controversial – who has made some highly offensive and objectionable remarks over the course of years and decades.


• “I wouldn’t rape you because you don’t deserve it” – he said this to a Congresswomen in the parliament in 2014. Later, instead of apologizing, he added: “not worth raping; she is very ugly.” 


• “I’ve got five kids but on the fifth I had a moment of weakness and it came out a woman” – he said this in 2017 when talking about his kids.

• “I would be incapable of loving a homosexual son” – he said this in 2011.

• “The ***** of the earth is showing up in Brazil, as if we didn’t have enough problems of our own to sort out” – he said this in 2015 in context to immigrants.

• “Elections won’t change anything in this country. It will only change on the day that we break out in civil war here and do the job that the military regime didn’t do: killing 30,000. If some innocent people die, that’s fine. In every war, innocent people die” – he said in 1999.

• “Since I was a bachelor at the time, I used the money to have sex with people” – he said in 2018 when discussing how he spends his housing allowance he received as a congressman.

• “The Amazon is bigger than Europe, how will you fight criminal fires in such an area” – he said irresponsibly in 2019 and defended self for not taking appropriate measures to stop the Amazon rain forest fire.

• "God above all. This history of a secular state doesn't exist, no. The state is Christian and those who are against it can leave. The minority must bow to the majority" – he said in 2017.

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That’s Bolsonaro, the President of Brazil. That’s our chief guest for our Republic Day 2020.

That’s the best person we found to make our chief guest for an occasion that celebrates our constitution.

But then it isn’t quite surprising. A large part of the right-wing in our country share the same thoughts and ideas. So, they are likely a direct match for Bolsonaro; both can comfortably embrace each other.

Besides, with how India’s image has taken a big fall in the international platform following the CAA protests, it’s very likely that only a right-wing leader would want to come to India to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our government. Bolsonaro is one of the last people on earth who could even show concern with the internal matter in India.

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There’s another big reason around Bolsonaro controversy. Brazil is a big competitor to India when it comes to exporting sugarcane's. So, in 2019, it made many efforts at the WTO against India, blaming it of going beyond the WTO regulations and extending support to sugarcane farmers in the country beyond what’s permissible.

(Courtesy: Firstpost)

Now, the sugarcane producers in our country are going through a rough patch. In fact, this past season, India’s sugarcane production declined by 35 percent. (Source) They can certainly do with some help from the government. However, since Brazil is running a campaign against India to prevent the Indian government from providing any help, the sugarcane farmers naturally do not like this Brazilian president; hence the Bolsonaro controversy.

Hope this answered your question.