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Changing the Terms of the Discourse by Kumud Sharma

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Enhancing Women’s Representation in Legislatures: An Alternative to the Government Bill for Women’s Reservation

Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan (Lok Satta, Hyderabad)

Dhirubhai Sheth (Lokayan, Delhi)

Yogendra Yadav (CSdS, Delhi)

Madhu Kishwar (Manushi, New Delhi)

Forum for Democratic Reforms

 

The ugly scenes and stalemate over tabling the Women’s Reservation Bill in parliament have had a very beneficial effect. They have finally brought the grim truth into sharper focus that politics has proven to be very inhospitable for women in independent India. What we are witnessing today is a worrisome phenomenon of further decline in the participation of women, not only in our legislatures, but in many other of our political and public spaces.

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