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A Look At Empowerment In Social Structure

Power is like being a lady… if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” – Margaret Thatcher, the former British Prime Minister (October 13, 1925 – April 8, 2013).
Q: What is the most important thing about elections? A: Empowerment!!!
It is said that the just use of Power helps the Parliament determine the fate of a Nation (in Democracy). However, the order of power tends to create trouble, often! Ahead of the 17th Parliamentary Elections, India is facing such a sort of trouble! The concept of brothers and sisters has been replaced by the concept of sisters and brothers in the South Asian country. Of course, the change has ushered in a new taste in Indian politics by spreading the message of a social change!
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra – the leader of Opposition Indian National Congress (INC) Party – recently raised the issue of safety for women, while addressing an election rally in the western Indian province of Gujarat. She urged the women voters to ask the outgoing government about the steps taken by it in order to ensure the safety of the Indian women… “Awareness is your weapon, vote is your weapon,” she told the crowd.


Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

This development is important, as the Indian politics is still dominated by male members of the society. When a woman joins politics, the Indian society raises questions about her talent, personal code of conduct, as well as the dress code! A part of the Indian society also tends to criticise the lady, if she uploads her image, in Western outfit, on the social media. Commenting on Priyanka, a ruling party leader recently said: “Votes cannot be won on the basis of beautiful faces. She’s very beautiful, but other than that she holds no political achievement.


Priyanka Gandhi changes her Twitter picture and sparks a discussion

Indeed, it is a challenge for the Indian society to overcome the tradition of making (unparliamentary) comments on the dress code and appearance of a female politician! It is to be noted that many male politicians wear costly garments in India and some of them are accused of committing criminal offences… Still, they win elections and get elected as Members of the Parliament!

Once, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had said: “If my critics saw me walking over the Thames, they would say it was because I couldn’t swim.” In fact, it has become a global trend to judge the women not on the basis of their performances… The male members of the society usually consider appearance, character and dress code while judging women… And such a trend is dangerous politically, as well as socially! This poses quite a hurdle as far as women’s empowerment is concerned…

India is not an exception, as female politicians face similar problems even in developed nations. There is no end of discussions about Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s dress code in the US or about Prime Minister Theresa May‘s love of fun shoes in Britain. It might sound lesser than a cliché that, as human beings, we wear clothes to cover our bodies, and not to build our characters!

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