GENDER AND POLITICS-ISSUES IN WOMEN RESERVATION BILL
The presentation of women reservation bill in the Parliament has beenrepeatedly stalled at the behest of myopic political leadership reflected by most of thedominant political parties in parliament. The women reservation bill is facing thesame plight in parliament as women are facing in Indian society. Parliament hasproved to be a true representative of disintegrating value system of Indian socialfabric. Women in our society are pushed, torned, marginalised and given a lopsidedtreatment in all walks of life and same fate is being meted out to Women reservationbill also.Before advocating the need for women reservation bill it is essential topreview the general picture of women in Indian society. The common perception of women in our society is that they are not equal to men. The philosophy is perpetuatedand ingrained right from their birth ceremony. We don’t need to delve into history tosubstantiate this philosophy. Even after Independence, in theory the constitutionprovided equal status to all its citizens, in practice women, who constitute half of thepopulation, are not even half empowered as men.“This is a society where women are considered a personal possession and areviewed as the honour of the family and society. This patriarchal mindset restrictsfreedom of women and pressurizes them to act according to the set paradigm of thesociety, with no role of intervention in decision making. In majority of cases, from thelevel of education to choice of life partner, voice of family prevails, leaving lesser space for individual preference. In addition after marriage, women face oppression,but she bears it for the sake of family, the biggest institution of our society.”In the patriarchal society women are not only subdued physically buteconomically too. Economy plays a major role in life at all stages. Since most of thewomen are groomed and prepared for a life as a home maker, her contribution cannotbe converted into monetary terms. Thus despite working 24 hours a day her contribution in the economy is nil. That also determines the deplorable status of women in Indian society.