The battle for greater representation to women in Lok Sabha and State Assemblies was routinely punctuated by tattered rage and war of words. Even if the bill was shown the green light by Rajya Sabha after some hiccups in 2010, its fate was always hit by holdup in each of its outings in Lok Sabha.
Rahul Gandhi, in almost all his public addresses reiterates about empowerment of women. Recently while addressing women delegates at Bhopal, he had batted for this bill and promised for the larger women representation in Parliament. What was that? Only lip service to woo aam aurat (common women)? Was he really interested?
I was anguished when Madam Sonia also expressed her regret for failure on part of her Government to get this bill passed while addressing a rally at Kerala few days ago. Regret for what - knowingly not bringing the bill and not building the consensus? Are you seriously expressing regret?
It is really unfortunate to witness a woman speaker in the Lok Sabha, woman opposition leader and other top Indian politicians being female, but still women's reservation bill is only a dream for many.
It should have been passed long back. Isn’t it simply a lack of will and intent? Well in that case, if no one is willing, then why this bill is shown as a bunch of grapes everytime? Can India ever become a self sufficient country and a super power without the proper participation of half of its population (women)? The obvious answer is No.
is painful in my part to write this article for a legitimate demand.
But practicality cannot be avoided. If the UPA-2 government is
really dedicated to its promises and if political parties are really
concerned about the empowerment of women then there should have been
a consensus among all the members at least to extend the ongoing
session of Lok Sabha exclusively to pass the long pending Women