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Still a long way to go…..

March 11, 2009

           The woman’s day was celebrated last Sunday and once again our leaders have given their greetings for all the women in our country. They never short of words when it comes to talk about women empowerment. And when it comes to turning their words into action, as some teachers say, they will get a big zero. Now the elections are nearing and once again their election campaign wouldn’t complete without talking about the 33% reservation for women. Our political parties were showing remarkable unity in this. Everybody wants to talk about it. But none of them were ready to pass the bill in parliament.

           If we notice the India political parties ideologies we could sense that there are two things which they continuously emphasis: 1) Women empowerment, 2) Empowerment of Dalits and minorities. Everytime I have thought like this, if they are that much concerned means they should have done something about that now. But the delaying tactics they have adopted till now has proved that they are content with talking about it. After seeing all these over the years I could say that for them it’s only an election campaign agenda. And we couldn’t point out any particular party for this. Even the parties which were headed by the women were not ready to enact the law. Oh, sorry!!!! I forgot that Mrs. Sonia Gandhi only ran the government for the past 5 years. So we could understand that whoever is at the helm, they love to toy with the 33% reservation. Even the women minister’s were not outspoken about this and saying that they are echoing their parties ideologies. Laughable!!!!

         I am not a supporter of 33% reservation. I believe that if one person is suitable to a particular position he/she must be appointed to that. Even if that department has 100% men/women was not a problem. If they deserve that means they must be appointed. But that way it will not work in our country. Everything needs a strict law to follow it. Till my college I had a feeling that women were coming off the age as I have seen many girls from various villages. But when I am reading in newspapers still many of the women suffers a lot. And also remember that newspapers were not carrying everything happening in the daily life. Some weeks back I have read news about a woman was tied to the tree and beaten by the whole village. They have also spitted at her face and she was sent off t her village. And the complaint was, her husband has doubted that she was having an affair with another man. If the woman has reported the same on her husband means think about what would have happen? Such is the patriarchal society we are living in.

         For an example, if we take the Mangalore pub incident those SRS has attacked the girls who went to the pub. Is that means if the men does that it is right? If drinking is a wrong thing means then it doesn’t need any gender bias to say that. We are having a list of things which can be done by men and can’t be done by women. I am not a supporter of anyone smoking or drinking. And I can say to the women that if they think that they are showing their equality by smoking and drinking, it is a flawed idea. It will never ever bring the equality that they are expecting.

         I believe that India lives in village. But I fear that if I go there whether I can live peacefully. There is many a village in our country where the casteism is showing its ugly face now and then. Last Sunday I have read news that two men belonging to Dalit community were killed in clashes over temple festival in a village near Thirunelveli (Southern Tamilnadu). Even though both Dalits and non-Dalits were fought in this issue what I wanted to convey here is, the equality we are talking about. Some weeks back, we have heard about a 6-year old dalit girl beaten by the policemen for the theft of 280 rupees. Then the way they are being treated in many of the government offices, has to be re-looked. One of the article, I have read in one of the Tamil weekly magazine ‘Aanadha Vikatan’ stated that how the people belongs to Dalit communities were treated. It just made me to ask a question about when the change in the human hearts will happen? When they will remove the spectacle of caste/community while seeing the fellow humans? I have read this story based on true incident in Ajit’s blog. It states that the wall divided the Dalits from communicating with the world has destructed. But what needs destruction is, the wall which stops some people from considering all the humans equally in their hearts.

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20 Comments leave one →
  1. March 11, 2009 11:29 pm

    One must learn not to trust a politician’s words. When we can seriously trust our politicians again, that would be a great day.

    • March 16, 2009 3:16 pm

      thats right leafless!!! but the scenario for politicians
      is same??? disheartening to see that 😦

  2. March 11, 2009 11:55 pm

    If the various parties were really serious about the proposed 33% reservations for women, they would not wait for the bill to be passed.

    Why do they not simply decide that 33% of the candidates standing for elections from their particular party will be women? There is no law that says they cannot do this.

    • March 16, 2009 3:18 pm

      yeah!!! but the thing is, we need some law to
      enforce anything in our country.. those parties
      are cared about that. All they need is, an issue
      to speak about in every stage 😦

  3. March 12, 2009 12:00 am

    Brilliant article dude…
    I loved this line:
    But what needs destruction is, the wall which stops some people from considering all the humans equally in their hearts
    ———–
    All these barriers that we have are man made….

    33 % reservation might help now…. but not in the future….
    The reason why i believe this, is that a habit needs to be inculcated… and for that to start, we need rules… 🙂
    but as usual, our politicians will use that to vote bank politics….

    • March 17, 2009 7:44 pm

      Thanks Ajit 🙂
      for something to be inculcated we need strict rules.. so
      for empowerments we need laws.. but the worst thing about
      our country is once given they can’t be taken back 😦

  4. March 12, 2009 12:10 am

    Kanagu! your post before last and this one too ,both have an amzng sarastic wit! 😀 seriously these are great observation worded quite clearly.

    you are absolutely right womens day in our country is just a sham..

    I mean women’s day and a few words from them which say ”we wish all the Indian women a ‘HAppy Women’s Day’..”
    ???what the??how does that make me more empowered?
    Why not some concrete steps to uplift the Indian women?

    ”They never short of words when it comes to talk about women empowerment. And when it comes to turning their words into action, as some teachers say, they will get a big zero. Now the elections are nearing and once again their election campaign wouldn’t complete without talking about the 33% reservation for women. Our political parties were showing remarkable unity in this. Everybody wants to talk about it. But none of them were ready to pass the bill in parliament.”

    Kanagu it makes me mad..seriously 33% reservation seems a dream now..
    😦
    I am against reservation based on caste and religion because it divides the country more…:(

    I am in favour of reservation (if any)based on economic background..and for the time being women also do need reservation…because no matter which caste ,which religion,.. women are the most opressed everywhere…

    Women need to have a voice and they need to be given a foothold in this patriarchal country of ours…maybe after a few years of 33% reservation women might stop needing it..but first they should atleast pass the bill!

    No woman thinks that drinking and smoking will make her equal Kanagu..it is just a personal choice..

    the reason so many women got angry and stood up for the women who were beaten up in the pub( like me even though I have never been to a pub in my life ) was because how dare anyone tell an individual what they should or shouldnt do?we all can make our own decisions.

    yes, I read that post of Ajit’s too and it made me sad ,disgusted and depressed at what Humanity has become ..at how e refuse to change and be more accepting..

    ”But what needs destruction is, the wall which stops some people from considering all the humans equally in their hearts.”

    As always you have said it beautifully Kanagu..this is the wall that nees to be brought down most of all..

    thought provoking post Kanagu!

    • March 17, 2009 8:01 pm

      thanks Indyeah!!! Thanks for the appreciation…

      /*I am against reservation based on caste and religion because it divides the country more…:( */

      Even I am against it.. but the thing is that, in our country
      once given they can’t be taken back.. so never expect these
      reservation will go off..

      /*I am in favour of reservation (if any)based on economic background..and for the time being women also do need reservation…because no matter which caste ,which religion,.. women are the most opressed everywhere…*/

      u are right Indyeah.. Even I support it.. but the problem is many
      will oppose this economic based reservation… nobosy loves to
      get lost their benefits.. so these caste and communities
      will fight for their rights 😛
      also I feel the same for women.. else this country never allow them
      to live with dignity and pride

  5. March 12, 2009 12:26 am

    Well, the 33% reservation is mere lip service by the notorious politicians. Though a majority in Parliament supports 33% reservation for women, a small band of vile, crooked politicians like Mulayam Singh, Amar Singh and Lalu have found a way to stall it. The other parties can get it passed if they want to, but they won’t. They are all opposed to giving women their due share.

    This is a country that is notorious for its barbaric culture of female foeticide and female infanticide which has resulted in an alarmingly skewed sex-ratio in certain parts among children. There is little hope for the future of this country as long as the filthy caste system and misogynist mindset are not eliminated.

    • March 17, 2009 8:03 pm

      yes Raj.. our country has failed miserably in empowering
      women and dalit people.. and all they need is vote from them..
      and they will do whatever they can to get that..

  6. March 12, 2009 12:41 am

    Kanagu, great one as usual:)
    my prayers for ur last sentence..this wall better be bombed down soon!
    then it wuuld be…a return to the Golden Ages!

    Thanks for changing our avtars from aliens to pretty graphics:)

    • March 17, 2009 8:03 pm

      thanks Vinnie!!!
      You are always welcome vinnie.. 🙂

  7. March 12, 2009 9:14 am

    The only way women’s lives will change is if societal attitudes change and reservation won’t do that – in fact it might bring about more resentment…I think education is the key to all our problems…I am not in favour of any kind of reservation…
    About women drinking and smoking – it is their choice and they should should have the freedom to do so just as men do…

    • March 17, 2009 8:08 pm

      /*I am not in favour of any kind of reservation…*/

      even I am not.. but women needs some reservation.. else
      they will be swallowed by the crooked politicians..
      I accept education is key, but the women representation
      not increased with the literarcy rate.. so it needs to be addressed

      /*About women drinking and smoking – it is their choice and they should should have the freedom to do so just as men do…*/

      yes they have.. I can’t say they shouldn’t do that.. but I can say
      it is wrong

  8. March 12, 2009 11:05 am

    i hate any kind of a reservation… be t for women or dalits or based on religion or economic status. Not a good way to build a nation. Reservations weakens the foundation of hearts. Cause grudges among people. x-(

    Need more like equality among all the citizens and help or scholaships for the needy.

    • March 17, 2009 8:10 pm

      but Sakhi.. then we can’t change the present status of women..
      only when they occupy the higher offices means we can expect
      some change..

      As I have already mentioned.. I hate reservations..

  9. March 12, 2009 3:42 pm

    Reservation is not the solution and anyway it doesnt reach the grassroot level. Education and change in mindset are the keys.

    • March 17, 2009 8:46 pm

      /*Education and change in mindset are the keys*/

      but thats what not happening in our country Reema 😦
      we need some strict laws to enforce anything..
      if we hope for change in mindset, it won’t happen anyday

  10. March 16, 2009 5:02 am

    All the words by the politicians must be taken by a pinch of salt. they don’t mean anything.
    And I wonder if we keep on having reservations like this, there will be nothing left for people who truly deserve.

    • March 17, 2009 8:48 pm

      /*And I wonder if we keep on having reservations like this, there will be nothing left for people who truly deserve*/

      But Amit for somethings we need to have it.. else they will
      never come up in our country 😦

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