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Government not serious towards Women's Reservations Bill
"If the government can make so much effort to get the Telangana Bill passed, why it can’t do so for the women’s reservation bill? What is the government's intention? Why the government has put it on the back-burner?” asked Jaya Prada, star-turned-politician and former member of Samajwadi Party while fanatically raising the issue.
I completely resonate with the same as I really feel there should have been some credible intent and little more sincere effort on part of UPA-2 government regarding this long pending bill especially when it was in the top priority list of bills for the winter session of 15th Lok Sabha.

In fact after witnessing the infamous and shameful high drama during the Telangana Bill episode in both houses of the parliament, it becomes a very legitimate question as well as a demand - why the women’s reservation bill can’t be brought and passed in the ongoing winter session if required extending the same?

The journey of the Women's Reservation Bill, which proposes to amend the Constitution of India to reserve 33 per cent of all seats in the lower house of Parliament, the Lok Sabha, and in all state legislative for women, has never been an easy one. Ever since it was introduced by Deve Gowda Government in 1996, it was always back footed by frictions due to lack of intent, hit by hurdles and roadblocks.

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.

It 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 Reservation Bill.

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