“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.