The Women’s Reservation Bill has been introduced in the Rajya Sabha on the International Women’s Day.
It may be the most consequential act of lawmaking since independence.
How far will women’s reservation empower women and the society?
There are questions on its provisions as they have been reported.
The bill seeks to bring more women into parliament by reserving seats.
While this widens the choice for the voter by putting women leaders into circulation it also decreases the choice of candidates for voters in reserved constituencies.
It has to be seen how the bill balances these concerns.
Then there are details like rotation of reserved seats.
If a seat is reserved for the next round of elections, what incentive will the sitting (male) member have to nurture the electorate?
Will one term of reservation be sufficient for the women members to fight the next election by themselves?