First of all, to put things in the right perspective & be very clear, this special “DAY” celebration culture thing, really annoys me a lot. Why do we need to celebrate something once a year on a particular day, can't we celebrate something like a “Women's Day” or a “Mother's Day” all year round...??And my annoyance doesn't stop at Women's Day, Mother's Day or Father's Day, it goes on against Independence Days and Republic Days as well. I know many of you must be fuming by now, specially after reading about the two latter days in the above paragraph i.e. Independence & Republic Day, to latch on this post and beat me down to the ground with your nationalist comments, some people might even declare me as an “ANTI-NATIONAL”...!! I can understand that.... Basically, it's not your fault. You have been conditioned to react in the ways that you might demonstrate in your comments when it comes to nationalism or popular thoughts & beliefs designed to mislead the masses of this country. But before you react, I would like you all to ponder on the rationale here for a few minutes. What kind of an independence, do we celebrate, when our rights & liberties are being shunned every day...?? Even if you read the news badly, you might notice that the list of our rights & liberties keeps getting shorter & shorter with each passing day...!! What kind of a Republic is this country, which keeps adding more If's & But's in it's constitution, not on a Pro-active basis but on a Pro-Reactive basis. On 7th May 2015, the Parliament of India passed the 119th constitutional amendment bill 2013, which after the assent of the President shall enter in to the statue book as Constitution's 100th Amendment Act 2015. 100 amendments to a constitution on a Pro-Reactive basis...?? Someone really messed up the original document or didn't envision the future as they must have had during it's writing...!! Anyway, that's not the point here today. The actual point today is, International Women’s Day...!! A few decades back, some people in this country came up with a brilliant plan(according to them) for women empowerment in India by introducing The Women’s Reservation Bill in the Parliament. Decades later, The Women’s Reservation Bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha on the International Women’s Day in 2010. It was thought to be the most consequential act of lawmaking since independence. It was probably too late to discuss any alternative proposals for getting more women into parliament or the opinion of those women who didn’t agree with the reservation route to political empowerment. How far can women’s reservation empower women and the society...?? The bill promised to bring more women into parliament by reserving seats. While it'll widen the choice for the voter by putting women leaders into circulation, but it'll also decrease the choice of candidates for voters in reserved constituencies. The women’s quota was being introduced for 15 years, so a few questions that bothered almost everyone were - 1) How will this bill balance the concerns over the rotation of reserved seats....?? 2) If a seat is reserved for the next round of elections, what incentive will the sitting (male) member have to nurture the electorate...?? 3) Will one term of reservation be sufficient for the women members to fight the next election by themselves...?? 4) Whether women who do make it to the parliament on the strength of reservations would be ‘representative’ enough...?? 5) Is being a woman enough to “represent” women...?? Then there were many concerns over the “quota within a quota” issue. 6) If we have a woman representative who is elected through the same creaky electoral machine that relies on black money, backroom deals and influence peddling then is she going to be different from the existing elected representatives...?? 7) In the absence of meaningful inner- party democracy and electoral reforms, is the bill just going to window-dress the republic...?? 8) Finally, is it even fair to expect everything from a bill that just aims at letting in more women, only for the sake of doing so...?? For the sake of argument — If the reservation policy fails at sufficiently empowering women in that time frame –will that failure become a justification for continuing with it longer...?? OR Will it end up preventing other, bolder and imaginative, ways and means for ensuring political empowerment of women? Regretfully, the idea of quotas is so entrenched in the Indian political culture, that they would like to see more women in politics, but they really wish that we did not live in a quota raj, with people competing to seek entitlement on the basis of victimhood...!! It is just an easy way out for a nation which 68 years after independence has failed to give its citizens the wherewithal to grab their due without reservation. Because in the end the need for women’s reservation arises in the mindset and after all the promises of universal education and compulsory primary education, somehow women, as young girls, always seem to miss out on the opportunity their brothers get, unless of course they are lucky enough to belong to the rare breed of families who take pride in raising females. And than a slipshod reservation bill is foisted on a country which is still far from giving women their due, might only result in the proliferation of sarpanch patis, who are husbands of heads of panchayats where the post is reserved for women. In many villages across the country the real power rests with sarpanch patis. There are better-known examples of the wife holding a fort while the man is away from the scene, but anyone believing that it is a sign of the woman’s empowerment will only be deluding themselves. Any self-respecting woman would want to be where she is because she deserves to be there, not because of her gender. If the state has failed to bring women to that level, then there is hardly anything reservation can achieve. The same way as the notion of a woman President or a woman Lok Sabha Speaker has done little to empower Indian women as a whole. Because in the end that’s what they are — Just Notions. I do not see the Women’s Reservation Bill becoming anything more than that. The logic against reservation is somewhat similar to what was proferred at the time of the OBC reservation issue, when affirmative action was the need of the hour...!! It could also be in the form of a scheme that the Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan or other state governments started for girl children of families with annual income of below one lakh. The government pays certain amounts of money or a cycle or scooty or any other materialist support, linked to the girl’s educational progress so that by the time she is ready to go to college there is a corpus of Rs 1 lakh available to her, or CBSE’s scholarship scheme for the single girl child or any other forms of incentive to encourage families to give the same kind of facilities to girls as they give to boys. It can also be sub-categorised in the global feminist movement as an Indian version of the Political feminism, and the flag bearers of this movement hate dissidents, any and every who will question their narrative. Infact, half of humanity, men, in general are not supposed to opine or argue anything with regards to women reservation bill, cause it feeds the patriarchy. This circular reasoning is hard to defeat. Such reservation bills crave privileges by taking highly one-sided approach to power, it play's upon humanity’s propensity to take pity on women, and where the myth of female powerlessness is bought into, more power is redistributed to them. Women’s voice in politics, media & elsewhere is dominated by hardcore, male hating feminists who are out to strip men of their constitutional rights & turn them into near slaves at the mercy of women. This is evident by enactment & implementation of many recent laws, greatly biased against men. It is nothing more than a female supremacy movement posing as one of humanist egalitarianism. It highlights female incompetence in an area where men excelled, redefining them as injustices by blaming men for female ineptitude and then legally mandates the promotion of women with a quota system. As such, women consistently make social gains in areas where men have traditionally dominated. They continue to quietly monopolise soft power. Because social influence (the female monopoly on pity) is difficult to quantify, its prominence is neither stated nor factored into measures of element, relevant for social equality. The ability to be respected in spite of glaring vulnerability is a staggering albeit scarcely spoken of social advantage women enjoy, yet it is the pivotal psychological fulcrum to which such bills owe their modern ideological dominance. Where the pendulum has swung too far in favour of women, a successful male counter movement has failed to materialise. Not solely because, but chiefly because pity is in short supply for men. A man seeking pity is despised for his weakness rather than helped because of it, and so the very psychological mechanism that gave birth to female economic and political power is nought but a dead-end for men. Reservation of any kind is basically wrong. We should strive for a merit oriented society & not a reservation oriented one. Reservation is an acknowledgment of the failure of the state and the political system, which talks social justice and gender injustice in the same breath. Let’s at least have the good sense to feel ashamed of it...!!