Women reservation bill has been passed. What is the logic behind the reservation being 33% and not higher? It is for sure that the next gen activists will again ask for more. But what must be the expected advantages? Can this bill enhance the female literacy in India? Will we look at women with greater respect? Or will these women end up like the powerful female characters of Ekta Kapoor soaps?
Here, I must point out the two leaders who have strongly opposed the bill. One of them has seven daughters, and quotes- “If they think that the women would vote independent… then they are mistaken… If I asked my wife to vote a certain way, do you think she would do otherwise?” He is the same man who placed his same wife as the CM of his state. Couldn’t he find an educated, better “male” and “independent” candidate for the post from his party? Are they that ignorant to understand the current politics? Don’t they understand that at the present the country is “for” the bill?
After reaching their political peak, they are on the journey downhill. What worked for years will not work anymore to remain as political force. Why should their MPs use terrorist-like means to block the house proceedings? Who can accept snatching the bill tabled from the chairman’s hands, tearing it into pieces and flinging it in air as democratic right of protest? Why couldn’t they participate and debate with reasoning instead of mindless shouting?
I support this bill as in one leap, India will overtake many countries that were better off in women representation in their parliaments. As for the “real” development, let time be the decisive factor.