ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Nirmala Buch

Reservation for Women in Panchayats: A Sop in Disguise?

The decision by the union cabinet to raise reservation for women from one-third to 50% of seats at all three levels of panchayats is a welcome one. However, this decision was taken without addressing the problems caused by mandatory rotation of reserved seats, which women have been drawing attention to and the impasse over the Women's Reservation Bill remains. The latter in particular suggests that the 50% reservation in panchayats is a sop to cover up the government's inability to ensure reservation for women in Parliament and state legislatures.