PM Narendra Modi keeps mum on women’s quota Bill, talks empowerment

He stressed the need for women leaders to empower themselves technologically and make effective interventions.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 7, 2016 1:10 am
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A day after President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari made a strong pitch for women’s quota bill, Prime Minister Narendra Modi skipped a mention of the issue while delivering the valedictory address at the two-day National Convention of Women Legislators in Parliament.

The Women’s Reservation Bill, which provides for a quota of 33 per cent for women in state legislatures and the Lok Sabha, awaits a passage in the Lok Sabha after its adoption by the Rajya Sabha several years ago. PM Modi also did not react to Vice-President Ansari’s suggestion asking political parties to voluntarily increase the nomination of women candidates in elections till the bill was adopted.

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However, speaking at the event, the PM asked women to use modern technology and systematically upgrade their knowledge and understanding of issues to become effective legislators.

The convention was attended by 96 members of both Houses of Parliament and 262 members of state legislatures. Those present, apart from host Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, included former President Pratibha Patil, Bangladesh Jatiyo Samshad Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Union ministers Sushma Swaraj, Najma Heptulla, Uma Bharati and Maneka Gandhi, Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and Goa Governor Mridula Sinha.

Stressing on the need to move beyond “women’s development” to “women-led development”, PM said there was need for women leaders to empower themselves technologically.

“You will have to make yourself effective…You will have to present issues with facts and figures…Try to develop your independent image as a public representative. Once the image of your working style and your views is established among people, it will last long. You will see people accepting your ideas once you are thus established,” he said.

He also called upon women leaders to groom female leadership at the grassroots level.

“Politics is a game of competition but when the feeling of jealousy dominates the competition, then you cannot grow… Rather, if you allow others to come up, you will go high,” added the PM.

Citing the the example of Rwanda, where women constitute 65 per cent of their Parliament’s strength, he said as civil war claimed the lives of lakhs of men, the women there came forward and rebuilt the country.

“There is a need to change this mental state about women empowerment. Empowerment is for those who are not empowered. What does the empowerment of those who are already powerful mean? Who are men to empower women?” he said.

At the event, former President Pratibha Patil Patil said the concept of equality of sexes had to be inculcated among male children by their mothers, adding that women should be made financially independent. Women in politics, she argued, were disadvantaged because of “money and muscle power”.

 

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    Myrake
    Mar 6, 2016 at 7:03 pm
    If there has to be any quota anywhere in India it should be in producing future his to occupy the high chair in case India fails to make it possible for merit to compete with merit alone.
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      ak dev
      Mar 6, 2016 at 1:05 pm
      Both men and women need to work together to develop India. They also need to keep the GADDARS like lefties and Congees away from hampering development work.
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        Anil Bose
        Mar 6, 2016 at 3:09 pm
        The way this guy comes up with one words is amazing. We have a jumla which come out with one word idioms and another jumla which comes out with theatrics in Parliament. OOps sorry HRD minister
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        NONE
        Mar 6, 2016 at 1:39 pm
        The gov. is unable to provide jobs to young boys. Now they wish to do so for women. Then boys should wear bangles and sit in the home.
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          PFK
          Mar 6, 2016 at 4:11 pm
          Need to be seen, how many MP tickets BJP will give to women in coming elections.
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            Santano Fernandes
            Mar 6, 2016 at 2:08 pm
            At the moment no one is there in the world who can beat the empty dialogues of our PM. Like how the forbes magazine comes out with the top powerful people, PM Modi is the number one in Dialogues and no can beat him at the moment, prior to our PM, Obama fooled the US by his dialogue "YES WE CAN" but nothing happened only caught Osama and Obama Care. Now the leader who is throwing empty dialogues after dialogues is our PM, and the people deserve this as every cunning leader knows that people have short memory and they forget things very soon.
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              babu
              Mar 6, 2016 at 2:46 pm
              Empower your sister anandi ben first
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                mc
                Mar 6, 2016 at 6:51 pm
                Both women and men need to work for self development. Men should not be deprived or bar from development opportunities.
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