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Reservation for women

With a consensus on the Women's Reservation Bill again proving elusive, notwithstanding that all parties agree "in principle" to empower women, we, the women of India, have doubts if the bill will ever see the light of day. They are further strengthened when we look at the changes different parties have proposed to the Bill, which are nothing but delaying tactics. The attitude of gentlemen MPs is understandable — why would they want to cut their fingers with their own knives?

Is it not an irony that the very same legislators who cannot agree on sharing a few seats with women are clamouring for reservation in education, even if it means antagonising the Supreme Court?

S. Kriti,
New Delhi

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It is unfortunate that all the political parties swear by women's empowerment but when it comes to reserving seats for them, it is thumbs down. The Election Commission formula, of making it mandatory to give women 33.3 per cent of the ticket, seems to be the only way out.

Jyoti Swaroop,
Patna

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If implemented correctly, the EC formula will no doubt prove an unparalleled alternative to the divisive politics of reservation. But political parties are opting for it in order to deny reservation to women. They can give the ticket to women candidates in those constituencies that are not their strongholds.

Sachin Johari,
Bareilly, U.P.

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If a consensus continues to elude the parties, women should contest in as many seats as possible as independent candidates. Why depend on the male-dominated system to give them the ticket?

Women are already competing with men in almost all the fields; they are sure to succeed on their own in politics too.

Munukutla Rama Rao,
Bangalore

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