Today is “International Women’s Day” and I wish all ladies in the world my best wishes and love. May you prosper, because we males may not tell and act strong and independent, but the fact remains we are dependent on you for almost everything. You are way stronger than us, I mean….never mind, you got the jist I believe.

Now there are chances that today a reservation bill granting 33% quota to women may be passed in the Indian Parliament. The chances are high since the people not supporting it are in minority. The women association in India who have been fighting for it since the last 60 years are no doubt quite excited and elated.

Personally, I believe that this quota is quite unneccessary. Did I hear war cries of “Male Chauvinist Pig” in the background? I expected it. No, I am not against women or their growth, but I am against reservation of all kind. By demanding reservation you are actually begging for a seat, that’s what I think. There is no honour and dignity in begging. I would be more than happy to see more women in the parliament, in panchayats and doing other administrative work, but they should rise to that level through their merit and hard work, not because of a reserved seat. Same goes for SC/ST, OBC, Minority communities and every damn quota demand you can think of.

A carbon sample that goes through the extreme tests of high pressure and heat, gets converted into diamond and its value increases a hundred fold. Through the system of quotas we are attempting to create a diamond of the same quality with far lenient testing conditions.

As the world progresses further the role of women will increase exponentially. Not that they were unimportant before, it was just that they were kept down by my masculine ancestors who somehow felt insecure about themselves. But in the modern world things are changing for good. And we can not progress much until we work together. But again, this partnership should not be due to some quota.

Now I ask these question to all Women Rights Activists: Do you really think you deserve/want a quota? Isn’t demanding a quota saying that “I am weak and I need help to get up”? All fights for equal rights and status for women will be for nothing. You will get your reserved seat, but at what price? Wouldn’t it be better if you fought and won a seat in the general category, defeating all competition, men or other women?

Rani Lakshmibai, Razia Sultana, Kittur Chennamma, Abbakka Rani, Begam Hazrat Mehal, Sarojini Naidu, Vijaya Lakshi Pandit, Kiran Bedi, Indira Gandhi……the list goes on. They all rose to the highest level and didn’t need any quota.

Just think about it.

2 Responses to “Reserved”
  1. durga says:

    no..simple principle being- you feed the weakling more than a healthy one. Reservations in general distinguish a weakling from a healthy one, a further deep thought would say” unless and until you feed the weakling .. it doesnot become strong”, Reservations don’t neccesarily do that. They rather put people in a comfort zone.
    I think more than reservations, we deserve reverence and acknowledgement.

  2. Prateek says:

    Agreed. The irony of the situation is that now everyone is fighting and protesting so that they are called weaklings.

    The case of Women’s Reservation..on one hand the activists say that women are stronger and at par with men in all walks of life and on the other hand they demand reservations meant for “weaklings” as you yourself have mentioned.

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