Still a long way to go…..
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.