Women's Reservation Bill

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Women's Reservation Bill
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Enacted by Parliament of India
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The Women's Reservation Bill or The Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill, 2008, is a lapsed bill in the Parliament of India which proposed to amend the Constitution of India to reserve 33% of all seats in the Lower house of Parliament of India, the Lok Sabha, and in all state legislative assemblies for women. The seats were proposed to be reserved in rotation and would have been determined by draw of lots in such a way that a seat would be reserved only once in three consecutive general elections.

The Rajya Sabha passed the bill on 9 March 2010.[1] However, the Lok Sabha never voted on the bill.[2][3] The bill lapsed after the dissolution of the 15th Lok Sabha in 2014.[4]

Women's reservations[edit]

In 1993, a constitutional amendment was passed in India that called for a random one third of village council leader, or pradhan, positions in gram panchayat to be reserved for women.[5]

There is a long-term plan to extend this reservation to parliament and legislative assemblies.[6][7][8] Its opponents consider this preferential treatment of women in India as discrimination against them in admissions to schools, colleges, and universities.

Women's reservations Opposition[edit]

The Opposition for the Women's Reservation Bill comes from groups who have identified these problematic motivations & other points of the Bill itself:

1- This bill is a gross violation of a Republic like India where citizens have right to elect their own representatives without discrimination on gender/genitals. This Bill violates almost all of the Constitution of India & the vision of India as a Republic.

2- Suppression of qualified candidates: There is obvious misuse by existing political dynasties to use this bill to get their own female family members elected & thus stay the majority for the foreseeable Future - this is again a gross violation of India as people cannot choose qualified candidates of their own because of the candidate's genitals.

3- Discrimination cannot solve discrimination - this Bill will only aid the criminal political elements.

4- Creation of new high castes will only re-inforce caste system by sowing hatred & strife until one group stops tolerating the others & takes drastic action leading to huge chaos for India which is undesirable.

5- Making problems worse: India has already got problems in getting qualified candidates for elections - Male or Female - this bill will emancipate Indian Republic by denying qualified candidates on basis of their genitals by Candidate Suppression.

6- Respecting women's choice is important especially when women choose to be dependent on their partners instead of working as they find raising a family without the burden of earning income a better choice. If women choose to spend their partner's income & live without burdens of earning an income, it is their choice. Motherhood & running a family should be respected all round. Forcing unqualified family oriented women over qualified work oriented men is the last thing to do against dangerous powers like China. This is a National Security matter.

7- Women are human, not gods and are just as corruptible as men - adult matters like politics & policies affects 1.3 billion Indian lives so people cannot entertain childish fantasies about gender/genitals. This delusion will cost India its future as it allows Husband & Wives to rule India in Family Dynasties. In India, we need to make way for qualified candidates - Male or Female.

8- Village panchayats is a inferior model of governance - plagued with honour killings, suppression, poverty, zero education, freedoms, facilities, & sometimes panchayat mandated gang rapes of opposition or rape victims. Right of the bat undesirable for 21st Century India.

9- Dr. Ambedkar & founders of India were visionary - they made India a strong 1.3 Billion Democratic Republic fit for 21st Century & coming future where the onus is on word Republic. No matter who or what you are - as citizen you need to have same rights as another citizen. This means respecting qualification & merit - thus making it fair by making the system treat all Indians same. This means not violating entire group of people based on their gender/genitals among other things.

"Opposition to Women's Reservation Bill (Candidate Suppression): To Preserve Democracy & the People's choice to Elect Any Qualified Candidate - Male or Female."

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rajya Sabha passes Women's Reservation Bill". The Times Of India. 9 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar calls for women's empowerment — Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 9 March 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Uproar in India Over Female Lawmaker Quota". The New York Times. 9 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Bill Track- Women's Reservation Bill [The Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill, 2008]". www.prsindia.org. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Chattopadhyay, Raghabendra, and Esther Duflo. 2004. "Women as Policy Makers: Evidence from a Randomized Policy Experiment in India." Econometrica 72(5): 1409-43.
  6. ^ Women are seeking 33% reservation in jobs, promotions
  7. ^ Women's Bill: What's the fuss about? Rediff 24 August 2005.
  8. ^ The reservations business Indian Express, 11 August 1998.

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