The plight of home based women workers in Delhi is unimaginably horrible. Working for meager wages set by a relentlessly exploitative market, hurt by the rising inflation and forced to be exploited even further, the woman worker who works from home in New Delhi is the epitome of exploitation and a symbol of the irresponsible and callous attitude of the Indian government. In this post, we feature a news report (in Hindi) by NDTV India which depicts the difficulties faced by women working from home quite poignantly. The All India Democratic Women Association (AIDWA) has taken up cudgels for the women and the post carries a statement from them.
As I write this, 7 unruly members of parliament belonging to errant political parties - the Samajwadi Party, the Rashtriya Janata Dal in particular, have been suspended for their pathetic conduct yesterday in the Rajya Sabha. These legislators were doing their worst to prevent the Women's Reservation Bill, which now enjoys a great degree of majority support in both Houses of the Indian Parliament. This post quickly brings out some facets about the idea of quota-based representation in legislatures all across the world.
Hindu fascists of the Sri Ram Sene, encouraged by the indifference and tacit support of the BJP-led Karnataka government in the aftermath of the Sene's violent attack on women in a Mangalore pub have flexed their muscles again. They have now attacked Shruti, a PUC II student in Mangalore and a young Muslim boy, Shabib, her brother's friend with whom she had spoken while travelling on a bus.
The violent attack on women in a pub in Mangalore needs to be condemned by one and all. Such attacks do not have any place in a civilized democratic society.
One of the more depressing features of government policy in the social sectors in India is the extent to which it relies on the unpaid or underpaid labour of women.
Is every elected woman representative in the panchayat a puppet, or is she an Indira Gandhi in the making? As a new survey reiterates, this is the wrong question, says Niraja Gopal Jayal in The Indian Express. Photo courtesy, www.thp.org
According to John Pilger:
It is a picture of a lone woman standing between two armoured vehicles, the notorious ‘hippos’, as they rolled into Soweto. Her arms are raised. Her fists are clenched. Her thin body is both beckoning and defiant of the enemy. It was May Day 1985 and the uprising against apartheid had begun.