Given the current social context, gender means female. And unsurprisingly every political party seems to be attempting to catch on upon the voter's attention by offering women-friendly sops. Amongst this rejoiced feminism, men's rights activists have very little to rejoice as all the women friendly sops are in reality, so biased, that they encroach into the basic rights of men and boys.
1. We have education schemes for poor girls, but none for boys. Aren't boys poor?
2. We have compensation for rape victims. What about false cases?
3. We have schemes for funding families where girl child is born. Are we trying to de-emphasize the birth of male child?
4. We have reduced loan rates for women. Why should men pay more?
5. We have property rights for women? Do men get property for free?
These and many more clearly indicate that political parties treat men's rights and women's rights as zero sum game which means, they must snatch the rights of men in order to provide women's rights as per their understanding.
Such a treatment towards the grave problem of gender disparity in society is an engineering defect. Since, no political party really wants to empower women in true sense. All they want to do is, have a plethora of schemes which would channelize foreign funds so that NGOs aided by political parties, patronized by them and working for women's rights can be used to siphon money in the name of women's rights. This strategy works owing to the increased sympathy women enjoy in the society on virtue of their gender.
Unfortunately, in that process, men are at the receiving end. Not only, are their rights insecure, but they are also slaughtered by the systemic onslaught initiated by a huge juggernaut of feminist funds targeted against men, under the sweet and cute name of "Women Empowerment."
In this political melee, men are actually confused and are not sure which party they should vote for, because every party seems to be dancing on the gender tune tilted towards the fairer sex while the sterner sex wonders where to go.
Be it Congress, BJP, TDP, UPA, NDA, all political parties are jumping around the gender card by talking about women empowerment in order to woo voters so that they can come to power. At the end of the day, it's a power game and owing to social misandry (hatred against men), this trick works for the political parties.
And thus, I would blame the society, the common citizen, more than the political parties per se, because it is the inherent anti-male bias of the common citizen that encourages political parties to have confidence in anti-male stands carpeted under the sweet and cute name of "Women Empowerment".
Amongst this political melee comes a ray of hope for men as Samajwadi Party (SP) has taken a pro-male stand. In its 2014 election manifesto, SP has clearly stated that if voted to power, it will work to reduce misuse of rape laws and other anti-male laws.
Till date, no other political party has taken a stand so pro-male. This is a clear indication for men as to which party they should vote for. Today, if men do not support SP, then they would not have right to complain that political parties do not listen to them. For, when, a party actually talks about them and men do not display their solidarity towards the party, then men should stop complaining.
All those men who are hopeful that BJP will bring sanity to country should answer this question first, "What has BJP shown in its manifesto in favor of men?"
And for other political parties, I have the following four questions:
1) Will you introduce a bill in parliament for protecting men from domestic violence? Or do you think domestic violence against men is hilarious?
2) Should biological fathers be given partial custody in a shared parenting arrangement during separation or divorce from their wives? Today, most men do not get to even see their children for months and years, if they get separated.
3) Do you think consensual sex with a woman with false promise of marriage is rape? Should a man be termed rapist for refusing to marry his girlfriend or breaking up with her?
4) Will you work for funding Male Studies Courses in Universities, just like Women's Studies or Gender Studies Courses are funded?
This year, the elections are certainly interesting as men's rights movement and the political melee mingle.