Nations that ensure gender equality will always prosper. - President Kamal Haasan.

20 September 2023


A landmark day in the history of our Republic, as the seat of our democracy moved into its new home. I’m delighted that the first Bill tabled in this new Parliament corrects a longstanding injustice perpetrated against the largest minority in our nation, the women of India. I wholeheartedly applaud the Women Reservation Bill tabled yesterday. Nations that ensure gender equality will always prosper. 

During the Parliamentary discussion on the Bill, I call upon all parties to address the following concerns:

- The Bill comes into effect only after the next census and delimitation exercise, both of which have been delayed in the past. This delayed implementation timeline risks making this momentous decision into mere lip service towards the subject and must be done away with.

- The Bill only applies to Lok Sabha and State Assemblies and must be extended to Rajya Sabha and State Legislative Councils. 

I look forward to the day when women will have proportional representation in legislative bodies without the aid of any affirmative action.


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