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Reservation Quota for Women in Parliament finds support at Kumaon Literature Festival

Speaking at a packed session of the festival's second edition here, women speakers flayed the stalling of the bill that grants 33 percent reservation to women in parliament

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October 13, 2016: Support for reservation quota for women in parliament found its resonance on Thursday among participants at the ongoing Kumaon Literature Festival as well.

Speaking at a packed session of the festival’s second edition here, women speakers flayed the stalling of the bill that grants 33 percent reservation to women in parliament.

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“Issues regarding Women’s Reservation Bill need to be discussed across all parties, especially those opposing it so that it gets passed in the Lok Sabha,” said Nupur Sharma, a young leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

“It should be the responsibility of each political party to allocate one-third of their tickets to women candidates,” Sharma said.

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“Merely increasing the numbers alone will not do any good; there is a desperate need for good quality women leaders in the country,” added author-columnist Tuhin Sinha.

She said there have been good women leaders at the regional and national levels, but the phenomenon has not trickle down much.

“Women’s journey into politics should be by default and not designed, because when you reserve a particular number of seats by rotation, it will encourage more nepotism, and produce leaders without quality and may also give rise to dynasty rule,” Tuhin said.

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TV commentator Abhay Kumar Dubey said the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill will prove to be a game changer for women, society and the nation.

“It is high time men stop sitting on a high pedestal and explain how and what women should do in politics,” said Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi.

“The entire society is responsible for handling women’s isues; it is not women politicians’ responsibility alone to bring about a change in the mindset of people regarding their issues and their route to politics,” Chaturvedi said.

Another session on ‘In Crisis We Act’ saw the participation of All India Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi.

A session on ‘My Lords, I Rest My Case’ witnessed participation of Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Supreme Court Justice A.K. Sikri, with the latter discussing how judiciary influences literature and how writing of judgments is drawn from the literary world.

In the session on ‘A Compulsive Questionnaire,” Carnatic musician-cum-author T.M. Krishna spoke.

“Artistes are now bent upon performing in such a manner that it satisfies everybody in the audience; this is merely marketing of art and not sharing, which is the original intention of art,” he said. (IANS)

(Rachel V.Thomas is in Jim Corbett at the invitation of the Kumaon Literature Festival organisers. She can be contacted at rachel.t@ians.in)

 

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Congress To Use Tribal Card to Regain Power in the Country

Congress to use tribal card to improve countrywide position

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Congress will be using the tribal card to regain dominance and their plan of action will begin from Chhattisgarh. Wikimedia Commons

BY SANDEEP PAURANIK

In order to regain dominance in the country, the Congress is mulling using the tribal card. This plan of action is to be first implemented in Chhattisgarh.

Riding on the success of the Assembly and urban body elections, the Congress feels that it can increase it base through tribals as they constitute 8 per cent of the total population.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the first three Assembly elections in the state, after its formation in 2000, recorded huge victories and came to power. But after the Assembly elections held last year, the scenario changed. After registering a victory in the Assembly elections and then in the urban body polls, the Congress showed that it still dominates the tribal areas.

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Former President of Congress Rahul Gandhi gave an important message while innaugrating the National Tribal Dance Festival in Raipur. Wikimedia Commons

The Congress gave the responsibility of the tribal areas to the tribal leader of Madhya Pradesh Umang Singhar which eventually helped the party. Now, the party is planning to spread out nationwide through Chhattisgarh.

Former party president Rahul Gandhi, while inaugurating the National Tribal Dance Festival in Raipur, gave a message to the tribals who are here to participate in the festival that the Chhattisgarh government is working for all the sections and this is the reason why there has been a downward trend in naxal attacks and the state economy has also improved.

The Congress is planning to publicise the improvements in Chhattisgarh throughout the country because the tribal population in the state is 32 per cent.

BJP media panellist Sandeep Sharma, however, claims that the party’s base has not shrunk. He said till Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh were not divided, the Congress was strong in the area but in the elections held after three years of the bifurcation, the BJP won the Assembly elections and was in power for 15 years. Though we faced defeat in the 2018 elections, the only reason was that people wanted a change but they were not angry with the BJP, he claimed.

The BJP won in the Lok Sabha elections and the margin in the urban body elections was also not much. So, it would be inappropriate to say that the BJP’s base has shrunk, he said adding that in one year the Congress’ base has declined by 9 per cent whereas in Assembly elections it got 12 per cent more votes and in urban body elections the margin was 3 per cent.

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The Congress is planning to publicise the improvements in Chhattisgarh throughout the country. Wikimedia Commons

Analysing the political landscape of the state, political analyst Rudra Awasthi said, “When it was Madhya Pradesh then the Congress had stronghold in Chhattisgarh. Several big leaders were also from the state but after the formation of Chhattisgarh since Ajit Jogi was accused of being a fake tribal the Congress lost its stronghold over the tribals. Though it continued to dominate in some of the areas which helped it in regaining the power.

“As of now, the Congress has started including the tribals with the backward class. First Bhupesh Baghel was the state chief of the party and he was replaced by Mohan Markam as he became the Chief Minister. During the Assembly elections, the Congress talked about the identity of the tribals which helped the party. After winning the elections, the decisions of the Congress government were in favour of the tribals which helped the party in the urban body elections,” said Awasthi.

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The Congress is mulling over spreading its message to the tribals across the country through the three-day festival going on here. For this several senior leaders of the party will attend the festival and share the government’s schemes while giving the message that the Congress government in the state has brought a positive and a significant change in the lives of the tribals. (IANS)