It tells the story of a struggle in support of a Bill that has been languishing in the corridors of Parliament
|Reign She Will: Women's |
Strife for Political Space
Ranjana Kumari takes us through the tortuous journey of the Women's Reservation Bill, stopping at every milestone to offer insights that span gender relations steeped in cultural and traditional structures and practices of this country.
She starts off by pointing to an ironical situation. Women are holding the country's top official and political posts. Pratibha Patil is the President of India, Meira Kumar, the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Sonia Gandhi, the leader of the Congress party that heads the ruling coalition, and Sushma Swaraj, the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha. Against this heartening fact is the disturbing reality that the total share of women in Parliament has never exceeded 10 per cent. And this is in stark contrast to, and in spite of, the apparent success of the 73rd and 74th Constitution Amendments that earmarked one-third of the seats in urban and rural local bodies for women.
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