Yes Ms Shobhaa De, India knows how to differentiate between ’56 Ki Chhati’ and ‘D Cup’

I read a quote by Shobhaa De in The Times Of India, Mumbai dated 5th March 2014. She’s quoted “56-inch chest. This is political chest-thumping at its most ridiculous. What would happen if a woman candidate were to speak of her D cup?” on Narendra Modi’s election rhetoric.

Respected Ms De, you, being an Indian, are well aware of the nuances of our lingo. The term ’56 Ki Chhati’ and ‘D Cup’ don’t amuse the same target. These are targeted to two entirely different segments of the society.

Yes, some people in the society may be interested in knowing about ‘D’ or other cup sizes, and they may be lured by such characteristics, but I believe that won’t be a majority. For obvious reasons, Rakhi Sawants of the society are not taken seriously when discussing the matter of nation’s future and its leadership, even though they may be hit on other platforms and on other occasions where curves and dimensions of a different type matter.

The larger segment of India today is more interested in somebody more resolute and bold who has the courage to lead the country with his vision, audacity and determination. This could be a man or a woman. ’56 Ki Chhati’ is gender-neutral, because it is not in the body, it is somewhere above the shoulder, in the mind, where it matters.

To lead a country, ’56 Ki Chhati’ is a must. To drive a misguided leader, a ‘D Cup’ may suffice in some special cases, as old and recent history has shown.

India needs a person with the metaphorical ’56 Ki Chhati’ to lead it. Others may flaunt their ‘Cups’ to win the battles of the other kind.

Author: Sanjay Shah

Sanjay is the author of "Business Management Simplified" which provides Practical, Actionable Solutions for Entrepreneurs. It is an all-in-one guidebook to start, run and grow a small and mid-size business to the next level. He is also an SME Business Coach, Seminar Leader and Motivational/Keynote speaker, Sanjay is based in Mumbai (India). He advises many businesses on Strategy, Leadership, Marketing, Branding, Customer Experience Management and Organization Development. He conducts various self-help seminars and workshops for companies and groups in English, Hindi and Gujarati. For more info, visit :

One thought on “Yes Ms Shobhaa De, India knows how to differentiate between ’56 Ki Chhati’ and ‘D Cup’”

  1. Well said Sir!!!

    “56 ki Chhati” in this context means .
    – Rock Solid Mind Set.
    – Nerves of Steel.
    – Extraordinary Brilliance.
    – Ability to think Out Of Box.
    – Being a thoughtful Leader.

    But some brainless people who “WANT TO BE A CHICK” will never understand this.

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