Women Reservation Bill

As the Parliament session 2018 is going on, political parties are leaving no stone unturned to woo voters anyhow whether it’s opposition to challenge ruling party to pass any particular bill or the ruling party trying to hit at opposition’s vote bank and ask them to support other bills they have opposed in the past keeping 2019 general elections and state assembly elections in states such as MP, Rajasthan in mind.

The women’s reservation bill or The Constitution (108th amendment) bill, 2008 to reserve 33% of all seats in the lower house of parliament of India and in all legislative assemblies for women is one of those bills. It was introduced in the parliament in 1996 by the HD Deve Gowda government but not passed yet.

Unfortunately, the motivations to pass this bill haven’t seemed good. Because congress party is pushing for this bill vociferously not because they want to empower women but to score a political goal and on other hand, Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, union minister for law and justice has tried to trap congress by asking them to pass triple talaq and halala (malicious Islamic practises) bills together but this is something congress can’t agree given it’s old habit of wooing muslim votes for example when former PM Late Rajeev Gandhi took a U-turn in Shahbano’s case fearing loss of muslim votes and let a helpless woman seeking justice down to save his vote bank.

These are the flaws democracy brings with the joy of discretion and dissent. One of the significant implications of democracy is that in a democracy a good leader is the one who doesn’t do thing that is harmful for the nation and good for his short term political goals for example great statesman like former PM Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee. They are right in their stand as well because putting everything in order for nation’s welfare would hurt their votes severely for example today in atmosphere of every political party trying to prove to be a bigger fan of Dr. Bheemrao Ambedkar, any political party would not dare to criticise or dissent Dr. Ambedkar only because they would lose Dalit votes.

Winston Churchill said ”It has been said that democracy is worst form of the government except all that have been tried.”

I oppose this bill because these kind of discriminatory bills not only violate the basic rule equality but it is not going to help the cause. We know from our past experience that despite giving 50% reservations in PRI (Panchayati Raj Institutions) women existed only on poster while their husbands held the real power. Even if we pass this bill merit shall be compromised and a lesser competent representative compromises the basic development of the nation. Another drawback of this bill is that there will be hegemony of rich urban women who have political background. The simple question today is can a common woman afford to contest an election? Simple answer is ‘no’ then who is this bill empowering? Already empowered. The point I’m trying to make is that if a leader is deprived from the odds she is supposed to go through before occupying that position, then she would be completely oblivious about what areas she needs to work on.

What we really need to do is to dismantle their dependence on men. When Dr. Kiran Bedi become India’s first IPS officer, she didn’t know that there hadn’t been a woman IPS officer after the independence. Since men have developed this mentality of being mightier and a sense of ownership as people like William Shakespeare saying that frailty, thy name is women. Generalising a notion about any caste, creed, religion, region, race, colour and gender is the mistake mankind has been making since it’s birth. The real women empowerment can be achieved only through education and by giving equal opportunities to compete in the all fields.

Last advice for politicians who see these most important task which need to be debated, analysed and solved as vote bank is don’t give them head start, let them run and fall, they will rise on their own.

About the writer: Shivam Mishra is an engineer and he is interested in politics, history and geo politics. He can contacted on Twitter @joe11248 and on Facebook- [email protected]

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