Our glorious nation India also termed as ‘Bharat’ is land of ancient wisdom, a treasure trove of knowledge and tradition, her blessings are profound & a big source of inspiration that knows no bounds.
In recent years, India has emerged as a more assertive and influential player on the global stage and its relations with major super power nations have strengthened. This has been driven by a number of factors, including: India’s rapid economic growth, India’s growing military power, impressive diplomatic outreaches & India’s democratic values. These achievements have helped to improve the lives of millions of people and transformed India into a major global power.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government led by hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi has attained a series of historical milestones in recent years. In yet another historic achievement of the BJP government, the significant Women’s Reservation Bill has been passed in both the houses of parliament with a clear majority. Hon’ble PM Modi’s consistent reinforcement for the Bill is a positive step forward. It exhibits that BJP is committed to women’s empowerment and building a more inclusive society. The successful passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill has been a major victory for democracy and for gender equality. This landmark bill has the potential to address the gender imbalance in Indian politics and provide women with equal representation.
The BJP has long recognized the importance of women in the overall development of the nation. In its manifesto, the BJP vowed to make women’s empowerment a top priority. Since coming to power, the BJP government has launched a number of initiatives aimed at uplifting women, focusing on their education, healthcare, and financial security.
Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed, the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill was a “historic moment” for India. He credited the people of India for making it possible, he said the bill was made possible by the people of India, who gave the BJP a full majority in the Lok Sabha elections. He also said that the bill is not just an ordinary law, but an announcement of a “new democratic commitment” for India.
The Women’s Reservation Bill reserves 33% of seats in the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies for women. This Bill also envisages a sub-quota for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) in proportion to their existing share. This inclusion aims to address the representation deficit faced by marginalized communities within the broader framework of women’s reservation.
The bill was pending in Parliament for almost three decades, and it is commendable that Hon’ble PM Modi remained firm & committed to passing it. The fact that the bill is being passed during a special session of Parliament suggests that the BJP government is serious about getting it done.
During the course of its passage, the crucial Bill traversed through many dramatic episodes. The Congress party’s ironic expression of calling the Women’s Reservation Bill an “election jumla”, exposed their egocentric mentality and cheap approach to politics. The main opposition party also termed it ‘distraction tactic’, by labeling the bill in this manner, Congress undermined the significance of the legislation and reduced it to a mere political gimmick. Moreover, it sheds light on the opposition’s habit of opposing positive developmental steps taken by the government. While politics is a serious affair, excessive opposition for the sake of opposition virtually creates a scenario of political polarization and gridlock. When opposition parties prioritize their political interests over the nation’s progress, it becomes challenging to find common ground and achieve consensus on important issues. At times, such inclinations could result in a stalemate and hinder the government’s ability to effectively implement developmental steps. The irony lies in the fact that the Congress party itself had repeatedly supported the Women’s Reservation Bill in the past. Regardless, now that the bill was presented by a different political party, Congress resorts to using sarcastic language to downplay its significance. This sudden change in stance exposes the opportunistic nature of their politics and developed an embarrassing situation in the political landscapes of the country.
It’s noteworthy to acknowledge that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had an opportunity to pass the Women’s Reservation Bill in 2010, but it failed to do so due to lack of political will and deep political divisions within the alliance.
On the other hand, it seems that ‘God has given an opportunity to hon’ble PM Modi’ to solve the collective aspirations of a new Bharat into a new era of prosperity and development. Hon’ble PM Modi is a man of words, he has shown time and time again that he is committed to empowering women and giving them a voice in Indian society. The passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill is just one example of his commitment to this cause.
The whole country is delighted and proud of the Modi-led BJP party for the successful clearance of the Women’s Reservation Bill. This is a significant milestone for India, and it is especially heartening to see that women have great faith, hope, and trust in the Modi government, they are proud to live in a country where a strong and decisive leader like Modi is at the helm.
The passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill would likely be seen as a game-changer in Indian politics, hon’ble Prime Minister Modi’s commitment to achieving the passage of the bill is commendable.
The bill’s potential impact on the upcoming Lok Sabha elections is significant. Even though the bill will only come into effect after the delimitation of constituencies in 2026, its passage would undoubtedly create a positive narrative for the ruling party. The BJP is now poised to take credit for passing the bill, which is a major achievement for the party.
Overall, the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill is a major victory for democracy and gender equality in the country and it will have a positive impact on the lives of millions of Indian women. This will lead to more diverse and inclusive decision-making, and it will also send a strong message that women are valued and respected in Indian society. The Modi-led BJP party has undertaken several initiatives to empower women in India, such as; Beti Bachao- Beti Padhao, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana, Stand Up India, Mahila Shakti Kendra, Ladli Scheme, Kanyashree Prakalpa Yojana, Balika Samridhi Yojana, Ladli Laxmi Yojana, Dhanalakshmi scheme, similarly,
Triple Talaq is now banned and abolished in India, this is a big achievement for Muslim women’s rights. It is a sign that BJP government is committed to protecting the rights of all of its citizens, regardless of their religion or gender, also the BJP ensures that all Muslim women have access to justice and equality.
The Women’s Reservation Bill is a victory for democracy, a beacon of hope, and a promise of a better tomorrow. Immense gratitude & congratulation to hon’ble PM Modi and BJP government for passing the Women’s Reservation Bill. BJP has made history and has given women the gift of hope, rights & empowerment.
Article Originally written by Monoj Joshi of Gangtok, Sikkim.