Saturday, May 14, 2011

110. Resurgence of woman power

Since yesterday, newspapers and TV channels in India have been overflowing with the news of election results in four States and one Union Territory. It is not the political aspect of the results which attracts my attention. For me, the results reflect resounding reiteration of woman power. In the two of the major States of the country- West Bengal and Tamil Nadu- women are set to be Chief Ministers. Also, Mamata Banerjee and Jayalalitha are no compromise candidates, thrown up by politics of compulsion. They hold dominating positions in their respective parties- Trinamool Congress and AIADMK. In fact, their positions have been so dominant that many would find it difficult to recall the name of any other leader from these two parties. If their parties have won, the entire credit goes to them and in the event of loss, the entire blame would have gone to them.

People of these two States have trusted women with responsibility. I wish the same respect and recognition had percolated down to reach the women down the ladder. Women in families and offices still feel discriminated against. They do not have the same opportunities as men. Their safety is an issue even in big cities. In many cases, their views are not solicited even in decisions pertaining to them. Often, they are victims of domestic violence. Respect is a far cry to them.

This divide needs to be bridged quickly. A lot of time has already been lost. What is happening in politics needs to be emulated in other spheres of life.

1 comment:

R. Ramesh said...

men n women--two in one pack