As I have mentioned in my facebook status,this time I have come up with my views about 33% reservations to women in Parliament.On seeing the title of this topic u might very well think that am a male chauvinist.I don't know whether am one or not :D,but whatever I am typing about this topic are facts which most of them doesn't expose.I don't know what change this 33% for women will bring in society.Even if there are any changes,definitely those changes will do no good for this nation.Why am I opposing this act?
Its simple.In India,women have equal rights as men.The constitution at no point prohibhits women from contesting elections or becoming ministers.But still y this reservation of 33% to women?I thought this bill will never be passed.But now the central govt., has successfully passed it in Rajya Sabha.The govt proclaims passing this bill as a great achievement.All the newspapers carried the news like Congress govt creates history.Actually it should have been like this:"The govt. has committed a historical blunder".But this bill also showed the intentions of some politicians,who purposefully opposed this bill.Who opposed it? It was the Yadav-trio(Laloo Yadav, Sharad Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav).Their argument on this bill went too ugly,that head of the Rajya Sabha,honorable Vice President of India,Mr.Hamid Ansari,has adjourned the house several times.
Well now u might raise a question that why I am opposing the Yadav trio?Even am against the 33% reservation and they are also against it.So why should I oppose? The thing is they don't want this bill to be passed in its present format.Their argument is if this bill,passed in its present format,will be beneficial only to elite women and the women from 'suppressed communties(thaazhthapatta samoogam)' will not get the actual benefit.So they are demanding a quota for women belonging to SC/ST,Muslims etc., within this 33%.That is in this 33% a 5% for an X community,3% for Y community and so on.Which means they are demanding a 'quota-within-a-quota'.What to say about these people?Its really disappointing to see likes of Sharad Yadav,being the president of a honest party,doing such acts for the sake of minority votes.
Why they are suddenly demanding a quota for Muslims and Dalits in this 33%? Soon assembly elections r to be held in Bihar,Tamil Nadu,West Bengal etc.Eyeing the Muslim votes in these states they are demanding for a quota within this bill.Ofcourse,our honorable CM,Dr.Kalaignar has extended his full support to this bill.Infact Mrs.Sonia Gandhi,has praised him that,it was all bcoz of DMK and the TN CM,this bill was successfully passed in Rajya Sabha.So he is an exception here.One might wonder,how a pro minority CM like Dr.Kalaignar,supported the bill in its present format.He badly needs the alliance of congress :-).That is the only reason,for its unconditional support by ADMK too(she too wants to become an ally of congress).Behen Ji(Ms.Mayawati),Dhidhi Ji(Ms.Mamtha Banerjee) has opposed this bill.Reason-simple.Still Mulayam Singh is free and the centre has not gone against him,so Mayawati Ji is against this bill.Y Dhidhi Ji is not supporting this?Because,her principle opposition Communists are supporting this bill.The irony is that Women's reservation bill is not supported by many women in politics.
Had these people protested against passing this bill,saying that there should not b any quota for women,I myself would have supported them.Thats alright,lets discuss the other aspects.If there is one person,who boldly opposed this bill,its none other than the veteran journalist,Mr.Cho Ramasamy.I am really glad that,I could see atleast one bold journalist :-).Hats off Mr.Cho.
India is a country where women are respected and worshipped.We use the word 'mother' for every good thing here.Mothertongue('Thaimozhi'),Motherland('Thaiboomi') etc.. We worship so many Ammans,Durga Devi,Lakshmi Devi,Saraswathi Devi etc. If one is an atheist or non-Hindu,still no probs,he/she will have the same amount of respect for his/her mother.In India ladies special trains are being conducted.Even in MTC buses there are more than 50% of seats reserved for ladies :D.And there only men suffer,bcoz as per the law,men should not seat in ladies seats,but there is no such thing called gents seats in buses or gents compartment in trains(while there are so many ladies compartments).
I bet u in no other country women can get this much of respect or privileges.Ofcourse some male chauvinists are there.Still women get much respect and equal opportunity here.In this same country Indira Gandhi became the Prime Minister. Even now so many female CMs are there like Mayawati or Sheila Dikshit and not to forget our president is also a female.So my million dollar question is, when the constitution doesn't stop women from becoming a PM or CM or President,why do u need a reservation?
If it is made mandatory that 33% of MPs has to be women candidates,this will only pave way for nepotism(family rule).If a candidate has a lot of respect and votes in an area,only his wife or sisters wil be given a seat.Like how the congress,in the name of bringing in youngsters brought in the heirs of famous politicians(Agatha Sangma-daughter of P.A.Sangma,Supriya Sule-daughter of Sharad Pawar,Rahul Gandhi-son of Rajiv Gandhi).Like how Laloo made his wife a CM when he was stripped of the CM post.So, obviously,this bill spoils the chances of genuine women candidates.The govt argues that this will help more women to actively participate in politics. For that no need of reservation.Its enough if the govt creates an awareness about politics to women.
Its enough if it conducts elections honestly. In the last parliamentary election one candidate was lagging behind by atleast 5000 votes until the last round of counting.But at the end of the counting,he was declared the winner. Now he is a minister and he is from TN.If elections raise such suspicions,its quite natural that women(not only women,normal innocent people) will fear to enter politcs.
If u think that if women gets the power,there will not be this much atrocities,slap urself and say "I am wrong :D".Recently one lady was making news for wearing a garland(that garland was made up of 1000 rupee notes,amounting to a total of around 5Crore). She is a CM of one of the Indian states.There was also a news in dailies that,her partymen brutally killed one engineer,just because he has not given money for her(CM's) birthday celebrations(ada oru software engineer nelamaya pathingala ya :( ).One lady abused the Bihar CM with rubbish words during 2009 Parliament elections.She was a former CM.One lady,when her victory in her constituency was declared invalid,declared emergency in India,fearing that she could not win in the election again(source: some newspapers).She was former PM of India.One former lady CM's house was captured in a video and a popular tv(as if this channel is a honest one :D) channel telecasted it,showing what a luxurious life she was living.
This is the condition of women politicians.So u can infer that there is no difference between the male and the female politicians right?
My honest opinion.This 33% reservation to women is an insult to women and the nation itself.According to Indian constitution all the MPs,MLAs,ministers,CMs,PM, President etc can be women.Nothing prohibhits women from attaining the power.The girls and women should actively participate in politics.I have seen so many girls,saying "oh!!!politics,I hate it.Its full of violence and culprits".I asked a gal to name some culprits and asked the reason for calling them as culprits.She named some culprits(they r really culprits only :D),but she didn't know the reason.This is the case with some elitist mentality guys too
One more thing,this bill has to be passed in Lok Sabha too.Then only its impact can be seen.I am praying god that this bill should not be passed in Lok Sabha.The principle opposition party,BJP,has played it smart by not opposing the bill completely.They have asked for a debate in Parliament over this bill.But has given a strict NO to any quota within this bill. It was because the BJP supported this bill,the govt was able to pass it in Rajya Sabha.The BJP wanted to get this image and it got it.I would have been much happy,had BJP openly opposed this bill.Anyway,when president of the congress party,Mrs.Sonia Ji,wants to project herself as a winner in passing this so called historical bill,there is nothing wrong with Sushma Swaraj or Arun Jaitley in playing such a smart politics.
So girls and ladies,please don't get satisfied with 33%,constitution gives u more,participate in public activities in large numbers.Come on friends,let us all join together and oppose this act :D.
Note : Some of the facts,written above,is taken from some reputed newspapers and magazines.