Women Reservation in Parliament & Assemblies-A Historical Study in India

Anita Devi

Abstract


You can tell the condition of a nation by looking at the status of its women”. The progress of a country can be judged by seeing the status of its women" -Pt Jawaharlal Nehru

“Woman is inferior to man”, Aristotle chauvinistically remarked, ages ago. Till date, discrimination on the basis of gender remains a cardinal feature of most societies of the world. Social stereotyping and violence at the domestic and social levels are some of its manifestations. In fact, domestic violence is a great leveler, as its victims transcend all barriers of education, economic dependence, age and social strata. Still, if we cast a look at women representation in the Parliament and the state assemblies, it is found that it is strictly limited to 14% only. Furthermore, the women ministers amount to 2% only. This scenario put a mirror with true reflections on women representation in India. Today, the first and the foremost thing for women empowerment in politics are but reservation. If the so-called reservation bill gets through the Parliament and the State legislative assemblies, women will get 33% of the total seats in the bodies concerned. Then they can contribute positively in the field of politics and the development of the nation, being instrumental in bringing about the desired changes in the political scenario. 

You can tell the condition of a nation by looking at the status of its women”. The progress of a country can be judged by seeing the status of its women" -Pt Jawaharlal Nehru

“Woman is inferior to man”, Aristotle chauvinistically remarked, ages ago. Till date, discrimination on the basis of gender remains a cardinal feature of most societies of the world. Social stereotyping and violence at the domestic and social levels are some of its manifestations. In fact, domestic violence is a great leveler, as its victims transcend all barriers of education, economic dependence, age and social strata. Still, if we cast a look at women representation in the Parliament and the state assemblies, it is found that it is strictly limited to 14% only. Furthermore, the women ministers amount to 2% only. This scenario put a mirror with true reflections on women representation in India. Today, the first and the foremost thing for women empowerment in politics are but reservation. If the so-called reservation bill gets through the Parliament and the State legislative assemblies, women will get 33% of the total seats in the bodies concerned. Then they can contribute positively in the field of politics and the development of the nation, being instrumental in bringing about the desired changes in the political scenario. 

You can tell the condition of a nation by looking at the status of its women”. The progress of a country can be judged by seeing the status of its women" -Pt Jawaharlal Nehru

“Woman is inferior to man”, Aristotle chauvinistically remarked, ages ago. Till date, discrimination on the basis of gender remains a cardinal feature of most societies of the world. Social stereotyping and violence at the domestic and social levels are some of its manifestations. In fact, domestic violence is a great leveler, as its victims transcend all barriers of education, economic dependence, age and social strata. Still, if we cast a look at women representation in the Parliament and the state assemblies, it is found that it is strictly limited to 14% only. Furthermore, the women ministers amount to 2% only. This scenario put a mirror with true reflections on women representation in India. Today, the first and the foremost thing for women empowerment in politics are but reservation. If the so-called reservation bill gets through the Parliament and the State legislative assemblies, women will get 33% of the total seats in the bodies concerned. Then they can contribute positively in the field of politics and the development of the nation, being instrumental in bringing about the desired changes in the political scenario.

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