Political Empowerment and Women of Tripura: An overview

Dr. Chandrika Basu Majumdar

Abstract


A “Times of India” report (February 1998) corroborates much of what has been discussed in the handbook: namely that “domestic responsibilities, lack of financial clout, rising criminalization of politics and the threat of character assassination” are making it increasingly difficult for women to be part of the political framework. If we want government to reflect women’s perspectives, we need women of all backgrounds and from all walks of life in positions of power. Moreover, women politicians point out that even within the political parties, women are rarely found in leadership positions. In fact, “women candidates are usually fielded from ‘losing’
constituencies where the party does not want to ‘waste’ a male candidate”. Participation of women from grass roots is lacking; therefore, women need to be brought in from the grass roots level and given positions of power in the decision-making process. Education plays an important role and
therefore, they should be educated to bring them into the mainstream of national politics. Political training should be imparted to both men and women legislators. Also, there is an urgent need to create political will to change the attitude of the people and the whole process of entry into politics so that politics becomes a profession.


The writer is Reader & Head, Department of Political Science, Tripura University.


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