Thursday, May 15, 2014

Women need to get involved more in politics...

For last month or so general elections were going on in India (poling ended on 12th may 2014). These elections were to elect representatives (MP or member of parliament) for Loksabha (lower house of Indian parliament), strength in this house decides which party (or coalition) will come in power to form next government. Obviously during any social gathering of friends and family (consisting of mainly Indian community) topic of politics always used to come for discussion and there used to be very passionate and heated discussion about politics. One thing which I clearly noticed during these discussions that rarely women participated in these discussions, rather they were really against discussing political issues or political personalities during these gatherings. There used to be lot of argument from their side whether we should at all discuss politics or not during these gatherings. There is no doubt that politics and religion both topics result in very passionate and intense discussions or debates, some people don't like to participate in such discussions just because they are not comfortable with the way people behave (or attack each other) during these discussions, I can understand this but I fail to understand why some people feel so antagonized about these topics that they don't want to touch them. After all both (politics and religion) are part of our society from ages and they both affect out life in one way or other. Politics specially affects everyone as government and its policies do affect our day to day lives and we needs to be aware of these things if we intend to bring any change.

I wrote many posts about issues related with gender discrimination, women suppression and sexual harassment, these all are socially and politically very relevant and sensitive issues. If women want to bring change in society's attitude towards them, if they want to eliminate gender discrimination and highlight some problems which are faced by them even in today's world then they need to become politically aware and active, they need to participate more in political process to highlight their own problems and issues. If political field remains dominated by males then even if politicians discuss these women related issues we will always get male perspective about these problems. We will always hear what some men think about these issues (even if they are feminist, it is a male perspective), it will be always better to hear what females think about their own problems. To make their voices heard women need to take active interest in politics and become proactive. Depending on current establishment to solve their problems is not a very reliable solution. Reservation is also not a ultimate solution for this problem, we just don't want women faces out there, we want actual independent women participating in these forums and expressing their concerns.

Actually I always try to invite everyone to discuss these topics, I always do this in my own home where we all discuss various topics related with these issues openly, everyone is free to express their views or challenge anyone's opinion. This is how we learn about various issues (discussions and debates), we come to know how different people (even in same family) think very differently about certain issues. These type of discussions and debates are very helpful and necessary according to me. I always engage in such discussions with many of my friends but female representation is always missing (or very limited) specially during Indian gatherings. This situation is not only limited to social gatherings or functions, if you look some amazing reports created by Ravish Kumar (a journalist with NDTV) which were telecasted during this election season wherever he goes he only gets male opinions about political issues, he had to take really special efforts even to make women speak to express their political views. I think this should change in near future, blaming society and patriarchal culture for all their problems and issues is not going to help all the time, women need to step up and take responsibility to solve their own problems. Currently politics is heavily male dominated area, if women don't show any interest in it then it will remain male dominated area for years to come, they need to take efforts to change this. First step in this direction will be to understand the political process and political issues by getting involved in political discussions which will help them to form informed (and independent) opinion about various issues. Depending on others (specially on male members of their family or society) is not going to help them to solve these issues.

I have also noticed that it's not that women don't have their own opinion about these politics and related issues, but many times they hesitate to share it or they think this is not the area where they belong or their opinion is needed or valued. Women constitute almost half of the world population, their active participation in every field is necessary for progress of our civilization. They need to voice their opinion, they need to make informed choices on their own, it's not always good to make suggested or recommended choices by someone else.Unless they take conscious efforts to change this situation male dominance will not diminish from society. Politics and religion are tow major areas which are heavily dominated by males and by controlling these tow fields they control entire society. If females want equality in society, they want equal rights and fair treatment then they need to make their presence felt in both these areas. They need to break barriers set by society on them and enter in these fields and show that they can also be politically active and successful. It's not that we didn't have any female leaders, there are many examples of female leaders around the world but we definitely need more of them and unless women start actively taking interest in these areas (which is the first step in this direction) we are not going to see this change. I hope this change comes very soon

Thanks for reading and please share your views on this topic.

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1 comment:

  1. ya.. Women need to get involved more in politics...

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