Reservation for the backward castes and tribes were accepted under social conditions for a period of ten years only, and since then they have been continued for vested interest of catching political votes.
The fourth argument is that it will affect the efficiency and working of the parliament, as even now all women members in parliament are not active.
The last argument is that reservations will generate conflicts and tensions.
The main demand of some leaders and political parties opposing the Women’s Bill is to include a built-in quota for the OBCs and minorities within the women’s quota, i.e., they want caste-based reservation along with gender-based reservation.
The demands for special concessions and privileges to women are matters of right and not of charity or philanthropy.
Women Reservation Essay
When reservation for women in panchayats was announced, some people supported it but some others said that it would generate a spirit of denigration.The Communist Party has 12 women in its 150-member National Council, and three members in its 21-member National Executive.In September 1999 general elections for the Lok Sabha, no political party has given tickets to women in more them 10 per cent cases.These articles had started appearing after one OBC member of the parliament (president of a political party) had given a ‘parkatti’ (the bobbed-hair brigade) statement in the Lok Sabha against the members of women’s organisations in a contemptuous way.Several arguments are given against the Women’s Bill.Even the BJP (which succeeded in introducing the Bill in the Parliament in December 1998) had allotted only 23 out of 477 seats it had contested in 1995 general elections to women, out of which 13 women were elected.In the BJP Working Committee, out of 75 members there are only eight women.Even in panchayats, a large number of cases of women sarpanchas have been reported where decisions are taken by their husbands and other male members of their families. The fifth argument is that just as because of the reservation policy, the SC, ST and OBC officers on higher administrative posts are working on the basis of caste and creed, women in parliament too will take interest in women’s problems only.We want legislators who actively participate in national and international issues which require vast knowledge and high education.There are cases of women MPs who have never spoken in their term of five years or spoken only once or twice in five years.If a large number of such women enter parliament, what will be the ‘nature’ and quality of debates?