On women reservation

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.


One response to “On women reservation

  1. Women’s reservation Bill 33%

    The Women’s reservation Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on 9 March, 2010 by a majority vote of 186 members in favor and 1 against.It will now go to the Lok Sabha, and if passed there, would be implemented.

    To justify this decission of the peoples representative in Indian democracy lets analyze the few facts about women in Indian Politics.

    1925 Sarojini Naidu became the first Indian woman to hold the post of the president of Indian National Congress, on the contrary other developed countries of the world like United Kingdom had witnessed, Margeret Thatcher to be sworn in as the Prime Minister of their country from 1979-1990 and the leader of conservative party from 1975-1990 … days after India honoured women in politics.
    Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit was a part of Indian Diplomatic Service after India got independence. She became the president of United Nations General Assembly in 1953. Served as governor of Maharashtra from 1962 to 1964. Further she served as the Member of Parliament from Phulpur constituency from 1964-68.
    Pratibha Devisingh Patil was sworn in as President of India on 25 July 2007, succeeding Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and currently serving the post.
    Sonia Gandhi joined the Congress Party as a primary member in the Calcutta Plenary Session in 1997 and became party leader in 1998 and currently serving the post.
    Meira Kumar became the first Lok Sabha female speaker in June 2009.
    Mamata Banerjee split the Congress Party in West Bengal and established the All India Trinamool Congress in 1997 and currently serving as Railway Maiaster.
    Dr Sheila Dikshit was awarded the Best Chief Minister of India, by Journalist Association of India on 12th of July 2008. In 2009, she was awarded Politician of the Year by NDTV.
    Sushma Swaraj began her political career as a student leader in the 1970s, served as Information and Broadcasting Minister and also became first woman Chief Minister of Delhi in 1998.
    Beside this Ambika Soni, Vasundhara Raje Scindia, Jayalalitha, Mehmooba Mufti, Brinda Karat, Uma Bharti, Rabri Devi, Mayawati Kumari are just a few among the long list of women politicians.
    Probably there exists amongst the six fundamental rights a specification called as right to equality. In the Indian Constitution this right have been described as:
    The State shall not discriminate against any citizen on grounds only of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth or any of them.
    So if we try to understand reservation, it seems meaningful if required to achieve the right to equality, to bring some one backward into lime light so that all are in same level and the equality persists.
    But the scenario here being something different. The reservation being granted on the house of the people, which being the governing authority, managing the future of India. The Best prevail should be the criteria of selection for the representatives in this house irrespective of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth or any of them. This would get the competent candidates to address the issues in and out of the country leading to better governance and public satisfaction.
    But things going the wrong way, a bit twisted, making the simplicity complicated.
    Maybe there exists intentions of politicians de-categorized to contend elections give chance to their wives and retain their power on behalf of their wives. But this scenario no where shows any improvement in women liberalization.
    Maybe the intention lies in getting maximum share of the house of the people among the members of the family.

    But whatever be the intention, passing of such amendment in the House of the people by the sensible representatives of the people, when the nation have lots more to do to overcome its internal as well as external complexities, is really not appreciated by the intellectual people of India.

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