Four Reasons Not to Pass the Women Reservation Bill
Congress led UPA government is trying to amend the Indian Constitution for reserving one third of the seats in Parliament and Assembly to women. This is done with the intention of empowering the women but will this bill serve its purpose? I don’t think so and for these reasons.
1.Women empowerment should start from the bottom and not from top
2. Women with grass root support may still never reach the top
Assume that the Women’s Reservation Bill is passed and Baramati that elects the Sharad Pawar for ever is made a reserved constituency for women. Who will contest from there? Most probably his wife or daughter or daughter in law or one of his close relatives – something similar to what Laloo Yadav did when he was forced to resign as Chief Minister of
3. Possibility of Women winning from Reserved Constituency being labeled as second class MPs/MLAs or weak leaders
There is a good possibility that women getting elected to Parliament/Assembly being seen as being weak and reaching there just because of reservation. They may be portrayed as leaders who are inefficient and could never had won the election if not for the reservation. This may hamper their competent functioning as an elected representative.
4. Nursing a Constituency will be a thing of the past
I believe this is the most damaging thing if this bill gets passed in the parliament. Even though majority of politicians openly deny this the fact is that almost all politicians are after power. Politics as social service is a thing of the past. One way to attain power for a politician is winning the elections to the parliament and assembly. Most of the elected representatives do good things to the constituency not for the love to the people of that constituency but to get themselves reelected in the next election. If the elected representative knows that he/she cannot context election next time from this constituency there is a very good chance that he/she stops nursing the constituency. If that happens who is the loser? The common man that include the women the bill is trying to empower.
Don’t mistake me – I am not against more women coming to politics. All I am against is reservation of constituencies for women. Why can’t UPA government bring a bill that mandates all national and state parties to set aside one third of their nominations to women? Won’t that enable able and deserving women to climb the ladder of political power without the help of reservations?