Things are getting SO much better….

11 Nov


Disclaimer before you read further- I have technically no real exposure to all legal, social, etc. facets of the Women’s Reservation Bill, and therefore, my acquiescence or lack thereof is as far from educated as it is possible to be.

The only reason I’m talking about this is because I was reading “Maximum City” bu Suketu Mehta (finally) and he mentioned the Women’s Reservation Bill, saying that it would probably be passed in the next few years. That is when I turned the pages back to check out when the book was first published –2004. I know- technically it doesn’t seem a long time ago- its just 2009. But then I realized it’s going to be 2010 soon, and further, that 2004 was when I was a fourteen year old in 9th class. THAT seems like a long time ago.

Now my skepticism as to the passing of the Bill comes through this- in order that the Bill be passed, the law makers in parliament need to be sensitive to the issue of lack of representation for women. And that is something, which I have realized within a year of living in a world outside my school, where girls were on top of the political ladder generally, that men very rarely are able to do.

Other than typical male thick-headedness and superiority complex- for which I hope some day a genetic cure will be available- this is also the typical perspective of the oppressor group as opposed to the oppressed or wronged group. The former don’t understand the needs of the latter simply because they are not living the realities of the latter. If a high caste Hindu has to live one spat-on day of the Scheduled Caste, perhaps he wouldn’t complain so much about his son taking a seat in a university. As Bethany from Boston Legal said – “You simply cannot separate (a community’s) history of persecution and the threat of future persecution from its politics.”

So here’s the problem – you need women and understanding men for the passing of the bill. The latter are the rarest or rare breed, and the former are slowly becoming extinct in India. In order for a woman to be voted into Parliament, you will probably need about twenty men behind her as allies, since the gender wise voter pool would be male. You could say that the women might be willing to vote for a woman without twenty men behind her but here’s the problem- we don’t have that many women. Our sex ratio is one of the worst in the world, and it’s not getting any better, and the women who are still around generally don’t even vote- reasons would obviously include patriarchal dominance.

‘But no, lets us men just keep believing we are the masters of the universe and have the right to dictate terms.’


Posted by on November 11, 2009 in Bakchodi, Issue, Random, Rant


5 responses to “Things are getting SO much better….

  1. 9livestoomany

    November 11, 2009 at 9:18 am

    i swear i have no idea how the last part came out in a bigger font. I don’t even know how to do different Font Sizes on wordpress. I hate to think it might be fate…

  2. Siddhant

    November 11, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    I mark this as spam!! 😛 😛
    P.S. – for the ones who have a mindset to take everything as being against/derogatory to them, this comment was only meant to be a joking remark and does not attach the literal value of the comment or any judgmental value to the post. And yea.. sorry to ‘dictate’ the interpretation of my comment.. i’ll rot in hell for this..

    • 9livestoomany

      November 16, 2009 at 3:37 am

      you know what i think is really sad?? the fact that the tongue pulling out smiley doesn’t work out well in wordpress. 😛 thats how it comes out, thus taking away its symbolic meaning…. on the other hand, it’s also sad that i’m sick and tired of defense and so i’m trying this new thing where I try not listen to people too much so i dont get pushed in… 😛
      see, now that sucks…

  3. Siddhant

    November 17, 2009 at 6:16 am

    so why don’t you create an issue out of it as well??

    • 9livestoomany

      December 1, 2009 at 2:16 pm

      I’m too exhausted. don’t have time to plot that much. 🙂


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