general constituency may be told to go to reserved constituency with nolocal base and fail miserably. Rather, in practice, they are likely to be deniedtheir fundamental right of equality of opportunity to contest from any or general constituency also and therefore is restrictive in nature which isagainst the constitution. So when they are contesting elections, they arerepresenting the political bosses and not the people of their constituencywhere they are known. Similarly the men would have to vacate their constituencies for five years to let women contest the elections after everyten years. They too would lose their fundamental right to contest fromanywhere and represent their own people.
Insecured political space:
In last sixty years, women have had all the opportunities without restrictionsof any kind. They have all been there as prime minister, president, speaker,chief minister, police commissioner, chairperson, teacher, engineer, doctor, pilot and nothing could stop them. Only the political parties lacked the will power to handover tickets for contesting elections as a matter of first right of refusal. So in the current exercise Congress seems to be targeting vote bank of women for long term.This constitutional amendment would result in a social churning withwomen from the bottom of the pyramid moving to the top for a while beforecollapsing again and again! And thereafter running helter skelter to searchanother constituency if possible.
Women will be much more insecured of their place in the political space.
That is empowering women to bringthem up once after every ten years and down after five years. Thatwould be the guaranteed fundamental right of women! And guranteeddeprivation for men! Did some one say social justice?
Vijay M. DeshpandeCorporate Advisor,Strategic Management Initiative,PuneMarch 12, 2010