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Post by Seva Lamberdar on Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:46 am

NEW DELHI: Opposition leader Sonia Gandhi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to push through legislation which reserves a third of seats in Parliament and state legislatures.

The Women's Reservation Bill was cleared by the Rajya Sabha or Upper House in 2010 when Mrs Gandhi's party, the Congress, led a national coalition. "Since then it has languished in the Lok Sabha for one reason or another," Mrs Gandhi says in her letter, vowing that the Congress "has always and will continue to support the legislation".

The PM’s party and its allies have an easy majority in the Lok Sabha. Yesterday, when NDTV asked Bhupendra Yadav, the BJP’s leader in the Rajya Sabha, if the government would present new focus on the women’s bill, he replied in the negative.

Women politicians have pointed out that male MPs are against the proposal. Women hold only about 10 per cent of the seats in the two houses of Parliament combined. According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), that’s half the global average of 21.4 per cent.

The proposal has the potential to become one of the most empowering laws for women in India, activists say. Gender equality in Parliament would empower women in general, they say. A stronger women’s voice at the top would have a trickle-down effect, leading to the development of policies and laws that would help women at the grassroots level fight abuse, discrimination and inequality.

Despite nearly two decades of protests, rallies, demonstrations and hunger strikes by the ..............

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Post by Vakavaka Pakapaka on Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:49 am

Reservations of any kind are bad in the long run. They linger on for too long and it will be difficult to remove. If political parties give tickets to men and women in equal numbers, that would be better. Let the voters choose the best among them. There is already a change in voter behavior. They are no longer voting in traditional patterns (along caste, religion, for hand-outs, etc.).

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Post by SomeProfile on Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:18 pm

What is the politics behind this? Why is Clangress interested in pushing this bill? Does Sonia think that this is one of the ways she could ensure her electoral victory in 2019? I don't mean that she will win women's votes by supporting this bill. I meant that she will come in as a reservation candidate!  Laughing

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Post by Seva Lamberdar on Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:29 am

Vakavaka Pakapaka wrote:Reservations of any kind are bad in the long run. They linger on for too long and it will be difficult to remove. If political parties give tickets to men and women in equal numbers, that would be better. Let the voters choose the best among them. There is already a change in voter behavior. They are no longer voting in traditional patterns (along caste, religion, for hand-outs, etc.).
Anyway, the best way to empower women is through implementation of UCC (same legal rights to women as men, which Indians need), and not through gender based quotas in education and jobs etc. for women ---
 http://creative.sulekha.com/the-vote-bank-politics-using-caste-religion-and-gender-in-india_614683_blog  (#3)
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