Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, ‘She doesn't have what it takes.’ They will say, ‘Women don't have what it takes’ — Clare Boothe Luce
Enthusiasm is not a reasonable substitute for clarity. The willingness to be politically correct has overtaken the directive to be politically sensible. Why do women need reservation? Taken purely as a demographic identity, they constitute the most powerful force in electoral politics. Every second voter is a woman. If she were motivated purely by gender, the majority of MPs would already be women.
But women do not constitute a homogenous group, and all women are not equal. Just as men have the advantage over women in what should be a gender-neutral election to the Lok Sabha, some women have an in-built advantage over others, owing to caste or faith, or socio-economic factors. The logic that provides reservations for women also sustains the rational, logical and objective argument for sub-reservations. The principle is the same.
Empowerment must be the right of all women, not just some womenSo, i am asking all those who say yes to women reservations, including me, " Are we ready to provide sub-reservations to women from backward, downtrodden and oppressed classes within the 33% share they have won now? Isn't the real women empowerment constitute the representation of women from all social spheres and classes of the country? Just having some political and legal measures will not serve the real purpose, we need Attitudinal Reforms. We want to see a scenario where women would be competing against other women and not men.
Though i ended the post here, one of my well wishers suggested me the quote..
"There are only two kinds of people in this world..FEMALE and NON-FEMALE...which category do you come in..?"
I dont support this quote as it sounds irrationally feministic and it doesn't mean that i support Masculinism ..... I dont support any isms.... Is it mandatory that we need to take sides and keep on arguing which is the better half rather than reaping the profits of being a one single entity called Humans
The above quote leads to the contrary and obvious quote advocated by some groups....... "There are only two kinds of people in this world..MALE and NON-MALE...which category do you come in..?"..... It depicts Masculinism and hence the clash of isms keeps on popping for ever..... Why comparison? Why we need indefinite oscillation in Complex gravity?
I would prefer "There are only two kinds of people in this world....FEMALE and MALE". In fact i would go one more mile to say "There are only two kinds of people in this world..Humans and NON-Humans...which category do you come in..?"
So i vote for Heads/Tails rather than Heads/non-heads or Tails/non-tails
and i call it wisdomism which is meant to demagnify all isms....
Now i guess u may ask Why Wisdomism if at all i dont support any isms...? Any que?
Anyway, I strongly advocate the strategy "We should use isms as a means to reach the end called humanity, rather than allowing isms and end in itself and making humans as a means"
PS : I thank Rachana for her constructive feedback without which this post is less comprehensive.