By Hemant Kumar
The centenary year of International Women’s Day (March 8) becomes all the more remarkable and significant for Indian women as the historic legislation for granting reservations for them in Parliament and the state legislatures is being introduced.
Political empowerment of women is rightly perceived as a powerful and indispensable tool for eliminating gender inequality and discrimination. When high positions such as the President of India, Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Leader of the ruling Congress Parliamentary Party and Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha are all occupied by the fair sex, there ought to be no further delay in passing of the Women’s Reservation Bill.
The voices of dissent raised by certain parties on the pretext of protecting the interests of women from the other backward classes must realise that if they are so concerned, they can allot a handsome share of their party tickets to these women. Political parties who are opposing the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill must rise up to the occasion and pass the legislation with voice vote.