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Discuss the potential impact of reserving 33% of parliamentary seats for women on the status of Indian women. What are the key arguments in favor of this policy, and what challenges might it face in its implementation?

Topic: Parliament and State legislatures—structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.

5. Discuss the potential impact of reserving 33% of parliamentary seats for women on the status of Indian women. What are the key arguments in favor of this policy, and what challenges might it face in its implementation? (250 words)

Difficulty level: Easy

Reference: Indian Express

Why the question:

The article discusses the prospects of the Women’s Reservation Bill in India, which aims to increase the representation of women in legislative bodies.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the significance of Blockchain technology and its application.

Directive word: 

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Briefly giving context.

Body:

First, write about the pros of giving 33% reservation to women in the parliament – enhancing political representation, promoting gender-sensitive policies, and serving as a source of inspiration.

Next, write about the arguments in favour of the policy – women empowerment, addressing historic inequalities etc.

Next, write about the challenges in implementing it – lack of political will, sociocultural barriers, concerns of tokenism, the need for qualified representatives, potential backlash, and the complex issue of intersectionality etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a way forward.