Quorums and Quotas (continued)


This will be welcome news to all the political parties as they scramble to find the model candidate.  Some of the Backward Class politicians would be well positioned as those females in their families who are not currently in the political arena will get their turn to jump in the ring.  Mahatma Gandhi felt that “All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family” and for some Indian political dynasties, politics is one undivided and indivisible family.  Indian political families in Parliament will not have to waste precious time in getting to know some of their fellow legislators and they might be able to call on those same legislators day or night, without hesitation, if there was an urgent need to pass legislation which would improve the welfare of Indian families.  


With one third of Parliament reserved for women, the status of women is bound to improve, as the women MPs, probably not having the ethical and political failings of their male counterparts but, possessing a worthy social consciousness and a strong work ethic sweep out the controversy, corruption and chaos from the Lok Sabha.  That would be the idealized conception of the new legislation (which incidentally could not have passed in the Rajya Sabha without the support from numerous men).


There are many women, especially those who came of age in the turbulent decade of the 1970s, and a few men who have a strong belief that if women ruled the world, that there would be no wars and world peace would be achieved.  South Asia, including India, has had the advantage of having many women leaders for more than a decade before Western countries had women leaders.  The women leaders have not all been successful and the social status of women has even deteriorated, in some cases, under their watch.


Then there is the low-caste woman leader Mayawati, Chief Minister of the most populous Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, with an estimated population of nearly 133 million citizens.