Should there be reservation for women in India?
women reservation -- a curse or a blessing
For ages, no matter to which nation they belong, women in general have been suffering from agony, distress, discrimination, apathy. The tormentor turns out to no one but their own family, friends and fellow humans. Every nation has a sordid story of women discrimination behind it. No doubt, the position and status of the women of today has imporved quite significantly, however, women continue to suffer in general even now. One example is my own INDIA.
Being a woman, and that too an Indian woman, I have been brought up in an environment where girls are treated second-class. However, I am lucky that I was an exception to this maltreatment. My parents raised me with dignity, love, affection and I enjoy all the fruits of my parents hardwork, love and care as much as my brother.
Still, everyone or every woman in INDIA is not as lucky. There are women in this country who have not seen light at the other side of the corner. There are unfortunate women who have not stepped out of the confines of their homes, or have not been allowed to step out of their homes - their life is a life of agony, mistrust, depravity, and only loyalty to their family. The outside world is a stranger to them, as much as a foreign land. Yes, this is very true.
if you go deep into my INDIA, you will find such glaring examples of discrimination against women - where women are meant to be an item of decoration, child-bearing machine.There are a few temples in South India where women are denied entry. Can you imagine?
Woman is that creation of GOD who is a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife, and a companion you can easily bank upon. There is so much discrimination prevalent that a few women are forced to die young, few are killed in their mother's womb, few confined to their homes, and few are forced to sell their skin to earn bread for their family. Female infanticide cases are highest in India-- a place that once worshiped its women as Goddesses. A woman when comes to her utmost strength can break away all barriers and become a DURGA to break the shackles of agony, pain and misery. A woman can be a savior.
So, lets come to the real topic now. Do women need reservation? I mean do we need to say that we need a place equal to men. What can we gain by reservation? A few seats here and there, but what about the rule of equality. Males and female are born to be equal. Lets shun this fact that males are born to dominate. Males need to understand that without women their train of life would come to a halt. In fact, the entire life on earth would stop. God never sent us for this. Did He? No, not at all. Then why are we distinguishing between men and women. I think there should be no reservation, however, it should become a rule of law that equality prevails, with males and females on equal parameters. The fairer sex does not need reservation for marking its presence. Females, when got opportunities have shown that they are no less than males. Then, why such discrimination? Lets give our women equal opportunities as males. Lets not say that so and so seat is reserved for women, beyond which women cannot make entry. We have to break the shackles bounding us and not bound ourselves further in chains. If we are today fighting for mere 33% reservation,, and trust me Indian women are fighting very hard for this, then we will close all doors for us thereafter, for further enhancement in our power.
We do not need merely 33% reservation. We need to be on a par with males, no matter what. However, seeing the state of affairs in India, I think reservation is a step toward women emanicipation, as it will become mandataory for the fairer sex to represent the country in parliament. It will also mean that at least 33% women representatives will be required to be part of parliament, facilitating the reivival of women impowerment.
Manmohan Singh-led UPA government had decided to make International Women Day historic by reinitiating the debate on the women reservation bill, thinking to make 33% reservation for women in parliament. However, the events that occurred in parliament on International Women Day remind us that we still have to go a long way before our leaders or so-called representatives learn to behave properly, lest apart taking decisions in favor of the country. Even though BJP, CPI-M have openly offered their support to the government on the women reseration bill, Samajwadi party and Lalu Yadav's RJD still need time to reach a consensus on the same. They are citing this bill discriminates against women from backward classes and OBCs, Muslim women and women from other minority classes.
Even as the Congress-led government tried to get the women reservation bill passed in parliament, unruly scenes were witnessed in the Upper House, with a few members threatening the Rajya Sabha chairperson, snatching papers from him and tearing them apart. Women reservation bill will still have to wait until our very own representatives learn some atticates and manners to let the rule of law prevail and parliamentary decorum be maintained.
Please let the bill be passed. It is just the beginning of women emancipation. It will ensure at least 33% women representation in parliament, which has so far felt dearth of women members. Once women get 33% representation, they will take a next step forward toward getting on a par representation with their male counterparts. However, in this scenario, it appears a daydream!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Finally, the bill has been passed in the Rajya Sabha. It's a very good news for the women folk not only in India, but also in the world, with it, India has joined the elite club of countries where such a step has been initiated. However, it is still to be seen how this affects us in the long run and what impact it will have. One thing is for sure that INDIA can now dream of women empowerment. A country boasting women/female emancipation is the only one that can succeed and compete in this world! On the contrary, a country that shuns equal rights for women lags behind others in development. It's a fact. Because only educated or literate mothers understand the importance of educating their kids, who will be the cheerleaders of tomorrow, with the rein of the country in their hands!!!