Ladies Seat

“We are ready,” the Samajwadi Party chief said, urging his counterparts in the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Janata Dal (United) to block the bill if the government tried to push it down the House’s throat.“Laluji (Lalu Prasad) be ready. Sharadji (Sharad Yadav), you also be ready,” Mulayam said.


Hai Taiyyar Hum.

Yes sir.  Nothing gets the caste kings of India, cutting across party lines, as “ready” as reservations. Only this time they are opposing it, tooth and nail, since it is not directly for themselves.

Afraid that if the Womans Bill goes through,  many of them will be found occupying a “ladies seat” and thus be forced to vacate it, our favorite politicians are on the warpath.

Mulayam said the bill was designed to drive out the senior leaders of every party, who had reached Parliament through “hard struggle”. “We will come to Rajya Sabha somehow. But what will happen to the majority of male members? The leaderships of Advani, Lalu, Sharad, Basudeb Acharya were not built in a day. They took decades to be what they are. Now you want to destroy them,” he said.


Samajwadi Party on Monday opposed the proposed Women’s Reservation Bill, terming it as a “conspiracy” against the leaders who have reached the Lok Sabha through “hard struggles” and warned of people’s movement if the UPA pushes the legislation. SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, whose party is supporting the government from outside, backed the contention of JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav that if the Bill was passed without a consensus, it would amount to giving “poison by force” by the ruling class to those opposed to the legislation as had been done to Greek philosopher Socrates.

Could not agree more. It is positively criminal that all those people who have been elected to the highest decision making bodies of the land based on their own merit (forceful negotiation, briefcase full of notes, chargesheets ) and a life time of “hard struggles” should have their efforts undermined by something as unfair as “reservations”.

After all, it’s not as if MPs are non-OBC, non-SC/ST students. Those general category people, we all agree, should definitely be deprived of the seat that they deserve for the benefit of Sharad Yadav, Laloo Yadav and Mulayam Singh’s caste brothers. That is of course social justice. A woman’s quota in Parliament is however a conspiracy, something that is so frustrating that Sharad Yadav, who presided over students immolating themselves over Mandal in the 80s, wants to commit suicide.

Unless of course a slice of the pie may be carved out  for OBCs, which has been a long-term demand of the messiahs of the depressed classes.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad today joined SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav in opposing women’s reservation bill in its present form, alleging that it was a “big conspiracy” to prevent the backward sections from coming up and to “finish” the regional parties.

Prasad, who was joined by former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, warned of a major movement if quotas for the scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, OBCs and minorities was not included in the legislation.


Mar jaanwa, mar jaanwa……

Some people don’t get why there is all this brouhaha. Surely our honorable Yadavs will be able to do what Laloo did and give their seats up to their wives and then be able to continue their “hard struggle”s from behind the scenes, thus ruling from behind—an art perfected in Indian politics by ironically a woman. So then oh Yadav men, why so serious?

Of course what these people do not understand that is that once this happens, then their wives might expect them to do some housework in return which I agree, as a husband who shirks from all kind of domestic chores, is akin to giving a philosopher hemlock.

The quota for women in Parliament is of course an awesome solution, in the best tradition of Indian democracy. We solved the problem of caste and historic lack of opportunity by giving out candy in the form of a permanent right to government jobs and educational seats for generations of SC/ST/OBCs in the process creating another class of Bramhins, born to privilege by virtue of last names. Likewise we will solve the problem of inequitable development for women not through education or through grassroots empowerment but by creating quotas for women in Parliament where the wives and daughters of politicians will have a by-gender entitlement to legislative seats   in all perpetuity.


34 thoughts on “Ladies Seat

  1. iPhone 3G S

  2. Hmm, Super it is

  3. Whatever it is, this time around i stand by the lalu’s , the Mulayam’s and the Advani’s in their stand against qouta for women. And hope someday the quota system will be gone for ever..

  4. I would love to see Sharad Yadav consuming poison…who cares about the bill!

  5. Lol… I secong Abhik… still lol

  6. SC/ST, OBC, NT1, NT2 and now women. I think this makes a case for reservation for General category males. Let us start a movement for this. I have thought of a name also… KLPD party… who wants to join in??

  7. The irony with all the flavours of quota system is that it is trying to address an unequal-opportunity problem by giving unequal opportunity (to ppl who were supposedly deprived of in the previous case). In Software lingo, rather than root-causing the problem they are giving workarounds which may break whatever is left.

    Super, indeed

  8. Quota/reservation for women sounds pre-historic. against quota system, i am, But, if women wait for equal opportunity(even in the superior developed world) they will be waiting forever.

    In today’s world, when there is nothing that women can’t do( i draw the line at peeing on the wall of course)
    how pathetic it is for leaders to talk about reservation. I guess if there is merit based assignment who knows the men in question already realise their wives may beat them to it.

  9. @Shashwat
    Count me in.

  10. I would like to see more and more of the quota system coming into place and to the extent that each individual person will have a special quota assigned to him/her based on his/her unique identity.

  11. I never thought about the angle which you are talking about until i read your blog. I thought this was a landmark bill which would at least ensure less corrupt MP’s in the parliament. The dynastic politics would continue if the bill were to be passed and wives, daughter’s, nieces and long lost relatives would suddenly get a chance. Hell, this could also ensure the female sex ratio to increase, i say!

  12. if you are an Indian citizen, male, brahmin and your daddy don’t work for a government body…you better be freakishly intelligent.

    you are not going to able to get admission anywhere in India and with Australia enforcing their own version of quota you are shit outta luck and jolly well fucked.

  13. Well i did joke to my dad once that being a politician is one of the safest and cash-rewarding jobs in this country. Seems marrying a politicians daughter can bring home the same rewards now…

    Next thing u know and the likes ask you for your political ties under the header “Family relations” he he…

  14. Hehe .. now they get to know how the Aam junta was feeling when the 49% reservation bill was passed into law ..

  15. Prasun banerjee June 10, 2009 — 1:39 pm

    Another addition to reservation … Maharashtra govt to introduce 90 percent reservation in junior college and college for students of state board and only 10 percent left for icse and cbse boards.

  16. Haa haaa haaa…… what a read!!!!!!!!!

  17. ” Hehe .. now they get to know how the Aam junta was feeling when the 49% reservation bill was passed into law ..”

    That would be the 20% of Aam junta who were not beneficieries of the reservation system.

  18. @Sahswat : I will join your party, however, please make it clear as to how much quotas are allotted to Brahmins, Thakurs, Rajputs and Kayasthas in your party’s electoral tickets … etc 🙂

    @Arnabda …. you “shirk” from household duties … or you don’t do them at all ?……if the latter is true then either your wife is an extraordinarily nice person or you learnt black magic somewhere down the road ……please teach me some of that magic O great wizard !

  19. If it gets Shaad yadav to commit suicide, it will be worth it……

  20. Dibyo,
    Its Shashwat not sahswat… how would you feel being called Dubya?

  21. Count me in Sahswat 🙂
    why dont we call him Dubey instead.

  22. @Tarzan, we could call that except the fact that being a dubey he might as for reservation (no offence meant to north indians i am one)
    @Dubyo Sorry about that
    @GB sorry for this but it is fun 🙂

  23. there was a school that didnt admit women since if they did, they would have to build toilets! (I am not joking). I guess they have to double the number of toilets for women in the parliament -think what all this is going to cost.

  24. @Shashwat : typo man ….. thand rakh.

  25. What is worse is that the quota seats will be decided by lottery of the constituencies. So, even if an MP has done excellent work in his constituency, there is a rather high probability that he will not even be allowed to stand to get re-elected there. If they do desperately want to pass the Women’s Reservation Bill, they can at least do so at the stage where the party gives tickets to restore some semblance of fairness.

  26. Sharad Yadav later clarified that his poison drinking stand was in the spirit of Socrates drinking hemlock (or similar) … I think he should be tapped by ONGC or Reliance. Such natural resources should not get wasted.

  27. Do you want Women’s Reservation everywhere? That is,

    1) Women’s Reservation for 50% of Judges positions in High Courts and Supreme Court.

    2) Women’s Reservation for 50% of positions in IAS, IPS, IFS?

    3) Women’s Reservation for 30% of Govt and Private Sector Company Jobs and Promotions every year without considering performance.

    4) Women’s Reservation for 50% of Senior Management positions in private sector?

    5) Women’s Reservation for 50% of seats in IITs, IIMs, Engineering and Medical Colleges?

    6) Lay Offs only for men in Private sector and No Lay offs for women.

    7) Law for sacking of Men from their jobs, if a woman accuses him of harassment at workplace and considering the accused man guilty till proven innocent.

    8) Women’s Reservation for 50% of positions in Panchayats.

    If you do not want special privileges for Women in all the above, the time to act is now. If women get reservation in parliament, then they will change laws to implement all of the above and you will just watch helplessly.

    Jago India. Jago!!

    Act Now. Send this message to as many people as possible.

    Say No to Special Privileges to Women. Say No to Women’s Reservation.

  28. That’s the revolution.
    From the kitchen to the parliament.
    Or from school to the ministry. Like Agatha sangma.
    If the dynasties weren’t there, where would have the Youth Brigade come from? Its the chance of Women brigade now.

    Jai Ho!!

  29. @ Saika
    “If the dynasties weren’t there, where would have the Youth Brigade come from”?

    🙂 How ironic.

  30. I believe reservation in its very essence is crap. Its like reminding a person we are giving you this privilege because you lack something,in case of a woman manhood,and in case of the backward castes cast supremacy. If majority of the people in India started believing in the doctrines of equity and equality,everyone would live a life of his or her choice with free access to everything and everywhere. And the politicians would not reap the dividends of implementing or opposing bills like these.
    I believe women walk hand in hand with men in today’s world. Rural India is an exception,but there the local administration has to interfere and dig the dagger deep into the heart of these social evils. A bill in the Parliament will only be adding insult to injry.

  31. I believe male politicians have nothing to fear. At worst / best they would have to undergo a sex change operation.

  32. Pliny the elder June 16, 2009 — 8:13 pm

    I strongly protest discrimination against Hijras – they should have atleast 10% reservation in the Parliament.

  33. Hara hara bom bom June 16, 2009 — 11:36 pm

    @ Pliny the Elder

    Dear Gaius Plinius Secundus,

    Both Suetonius and your nephew are spreading lies that you perished in Herculanuem. Glad to see that you are alive and kicking !!.

  34. @Pliny the elder:

    “I strongly protest discrimination against Hijras – they should have atleast 10% reservation in the Parliament.”

    They already have – that too more than 50%.

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