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Historic Day in India : Woman's Reservation Bill Passed

Historic Day in India.

Miracle did happen !.

The bill initially proposed by BJP has been passed in the Rajya Sabha today.

This will empower woman of India and take them to a level playing field in India. This will destroy the dominance of men in politics and in a way will trickle down to other walks of life.

We will have minority women entering upper echelons of society and will DEMAND equitability with men.

Hope this will put an end to the power hungry Laloos, Mulayams and Paswans to retreat and we will have more JUST and FAIR women in power.

Hope this will trickle down into North America. Hope that either of Sarah Palin or Hillary Clinton will be the next president of USA.

While our own Canada will have a women Prime Minister in the future.

'Historic' Women's Bill passed in RS

Last updated on: March 09, 2010 20:50 IST

drama surrounded the passage of the historic Women's Reservation Bill with the process beginning with unprecedented unruly scenes in the Rajya Sabha and culminating with the suspension and forcible eviction of the disruptive members.

The histrionics witnessed in the House on Monday when the bill was moved for consideration continued on Tuesday with the opponents of the proposed legislation disrupting the proceedings.

However, acting tough, the government moved a motion for suspension of seven members -- four from Samajwadi Party, one each from Rashtriya Janata Dal and Lok Janashakti Party and an unattached member.

They defied the action and squatted on the floor of the House for over three hours after their suspension from the Rajya Sabha around noon.

As the Rajya Sabha re-convened at 3 pm after three adjournments and Chairman Hamid Ansari took up the bill for discussion, the suspended members began their protests by shouting slogans.

They were joined other RJD and SP members. When Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley [ Images ] rose to speak, the protests by the seven suspended members -- Veerpal Singh Yadav, Nand Kishore Yadav, Amir Alam Khan and Kamal Akhtar (all SP), Subhash Yadav (RJD), Sabir Ali (LJP), and Ejaz Ali (unattached) -- grew louder.

Repeated requests by Ansari went unheeded and the suspended members were joined by Rajniti Prasad and P C Gupta (both RJD) and Brij Bhushan Tiwari, Ram Gopal Yadav and Ram Narayan Sahu (all SP).

The landmark bill was debated and voted upon a day after it was moved for consideration but could not be taken up as some members created unprecedented pandemonium and even tried to attack the Chairman.

Cracking the whip, the government today moved a motion for suspension of seven such members -- four of SP, one each of RJD and LJP and one unattached.

The motion was immediately passed at around 2 pm, when the House met after two adjournments forced by vociferous opponents of the bill. High drama unfolded as the suspended members squatted on the floor of the House and had to be forcibly evicted after around three hours, which paved the way for debate and eventual passing of the bill.

Rest of the members of SP and RJD walked out of the House in protest against suspension of their colleagues.

At one point of time when the suspended members along with their party colleagues refused to budge and indicated that they would not allow discussion, the Chairman called for voting on the bill without any debate.

:cuss: However, the move was vociferously resisted by Bharatiya Janata Party and Left parties, which had committed their support for the bill but insisted on discussion on the important Constitutional amendment. :cuss:

This led to an unusual development as the chairman called for debate even after the voice vote was taken. Intervening in the debate, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed 'deep sorrow' over the 'abnormal' developments on Monday and conveyed his 'profound apology' to Ansari for the disrespect shown to the Chair by members in the House.

The Prime Minister described the bill as a 'giant step' towards the empowerment of women and rejected the allegations that the measure was anti-minority or anti-Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe.

Singh appreciated Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley and leaders of all other parties which supported the bill and said the 'near unanimity' between the government and the opposition reached on the bill was a 'living proof that the heart of the Indian democracy is sound and in right place.'

Referring to the concerns of members about minorities and OBCs, he said while minorities in general have not got an adequate share of the fruits of development, his government is committed to work sincerely for their uplift through several other measures.

:cheers: BJP and Left parties unequivocally supported the bill describing it as 'the most progressive' but slammed the government for mishandling the process of 'historic' amendment to the Constitution. :cheers:

:clap: We are all discharging a historic responsibility in becoming instruments of enacting one of the most progressive legislations in recent Indian history. We are rewriting gender history,Jaitley said. :clap:

However, perturbed by unsavoury incidents in the House where seven RJD, SP and an unattached member were suspended and marshalled out, he said, We also hang our head in shame on some of the most shameful incidents.

Extending 'unstinting and unambiguous' support to the bill, Brinda Karat of the Communist Party of India-Marxist rejected some of the objections raised by parties like RJD and SP. She said the measure would help empower women at all levels.

Sunny Leone a true Canadian DESI now back in India !.


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Post ID: 159920 09-03-10 11:51:32
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IMO - the passing of law does not necessarily mean any improvement. With so many reservations already prevelant in India in all fields, one more will only add to the crowd. True achievers like Sania Mirza, Lata Mangeshkar, P T Usha or for that matter even Sonia Gandhi, Mayawati and Jayalalitha still achieved their goals without any reservations.

A true improvement (in society) is noticed only when you remove all reservations (in our minds and action) and make Merit the only criteria/qualification for all - men or women.

The bill is introduced and passed only for political mileage with women voters.

Just my 2 cents.


Post ID: 159921 09-03-10 12:01:31
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I totally agree with you on your comments.

Do you know uptil mid 1930's women in Canada could not be even called as a Person under the law. That is they were not considered as humans. It took much later for them to vote.

If you get a copy of any 11th Grade Law Text Book of Peel Region School you will be able to read for yourself how women have been subjugated by men using law in Canada.

Even till date we do not have major leadership positions occupied by woman in North America. Many a positions they occupy are ceremonial in nature.

The effects of this historic bill passage will have its trickle down effect. But it'll empower women to ask questions when they are not consulted under law. All the major criminals sitting in the parliament are all men. Atleast we will be able to reduce the Goondas from occupying position of power.

Even religion discriminates woman. Look at Hinduism it talks about Bramha, Vishnu and Shiva. Their consorts are Saraswathi, Lakshmi, Parvathy and the only saving grace is the concept of Shakti in hinduism.

When we look at Judaism, Buddhism, Islam or Christianity they are all men driven religion. They even go away from evolution to creationism with the opening statements of God created man and the woman was created from the hip bone of man.

We need to look at what is happening in Tamilnadu currently after women have started going for higher education since 1980's. Since 1990's the pass rate of women in high schools/secondary schools are atleast 30 to 40% higher then men. Every field of education is being dominated by women. Now a days we find more women driving autorickshaws, pumping gas in gas station here in comparison to men.

What is happening in the wedding arena is something interesting. In 1980's -1990's when a guy went to India with US Green card and looked for marriage alliance parents of the girls will stand in Queu for getting this proposal.

Since then as women are studying harder, better and reaching higher levels in comparison to men, when a proposal for marriage comes for the girl the first thing she asks for is the man's education, level in the society, his earnings and also his stock options. While many a men are studying courses like BSc, BA or B.Com; women are becoming M.E, MSc, MPhil, PhD to list a few.

Hence the tables have turned in 20 years. There are more women unmarried due to lack of qualified grooms, while many a men are also unmarried as they are not able to find girls who are willing to marry them. This happened due to empowerement of women by education. I know of atleast 6 girls in my own family with B.Com, M.Phil, PhD, ICWA, B.S(Computer Science) with 6 figure INR monthly salaries who are not able to find a suitable groom.

The same way we will find the effect of this historic move in another 20 years. May be with more mothers in the Parliament and positions of power we will find that the Indian Budget will be more loaded towards Milk Powder, Tetanus shots than spending money on Bofors guns or fancy MIG 21.

A Mother will always be a Mother, while a Father will always be a Man.

Sunny Leone a true Canadian DESI now back in India !.

Post ID: 159924 09-03-10 12:44:19
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Not much will change, India has biggest constutution of world but see the enforcement. Women taking advantage of this will be mostly from politicians family and working from a remote control. Dont take high hope from this step.Few years back when new Panchayati raj system was enforced - everyone said bla bla bla and look now it is a failure. Take it nothing much will change.

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