Women in Politics- The reservation debate....
Every year the government in the country brings a debatable topic of 33% reservation for women in the parliament. It gains ample media attention and the issue is taken up as the "its now or never." But sadly there has never been a consensus with regard to the issue.
Meaningless debate has stranded this BILL in the past and continues to do so now as well.....
(I base this writing on what I have witnessed from my briefest of contact with real rural India and which I have debated with myself a million times.)
33% reservation for women!!!!!!!!
This has been taken up as the call of the hour;the need of our times……I say why not…..
Women have always wanted EQUALITY in our society; so why now this 33% reservation……….
EQUALITY has for long been the passion of women’s movement worldwide; just like other how everyone who is socially conscious longs for peaceful, just, equal world.
But is this so in the real context. What we long for needs time for achievement.
But progressive aspects like “EQUALITY” happen only when De Jure and De Facto fall on similar planes …………
In reality women lack equal footing in many cases, this 33% would be a boost towards achieving a push forward. Also women Panchayat leaders are looking forward to progress the political ladder.
This 33% can boost them towards equity.....
There are (8 %) women in the parliament; what have they achieved till now……
There are 92% men in the parliament:
The country’s spending towards public health is less than 1 % GDP
India has slipped 2 places down in HDI and ranks 128
There is no decrease in our crime rates......
Poverty and issues are still the same........
We have had so many politicians till date what have they achieved so meaningfully till date…..
We have had women PM’s, CM’s and many other parliamentarians in the past, they could do that without reservation why not everyone else
Not everyone is equipped with the class, caste or contacts to become CM’s and PM’s…… There are examples of singular women achieving the status of CM’s and PM’s but by equipping women from marginalized and disadvantaged communities with political power the options are favorable and feasible with regard to women’s empowerment (In its true sense….)
Also by empowering more women we can set more examples than rely on only 4 or 5 examples from our past and present…..
Women will remain as MP’s for namesake only…..
How many men MP’s function their roles independently, There are numerous examples where Male politicians act as NAMESAKE;
33 % will be a stepping stone to many,
It will be the starting point of change,
It can act as the change that we seek,
By altering our power structures and making it more inclusive, we are inviting change,,,,, this is not “The Solution” but this is probably the right catalyst towards equitable social change…..
BY PROMOTING EQUITY WE ARE PROGRESSING TOWARDS EQUALITY…