A tribute to our MPs – Men in Parliament

March 12, 2010 at 5:00 pm 10 comments


 

Of the many virtues that men are adored for, it’s valour that stands supreme. In the face of formidable challenges, men of valour fight heroically, vanquishing every foe or perish themselves in the process.  While the thunderous army of chivalrous cavalry men pulverising the mightiest of armies dot our medieval history, it’s the indomitable courage of our countless countrymen, armed by the sheer strength of character and sacrifice, that broke the vertebrae of a mighty global empire and rooted out the foreign yoke from our land .And men of letters wielded their pen to inspire a generation script new annals, unparalleled in valour and never wanting in courage. From Shivaji to Gandhi, from Arjun to Bhagat Singh, from Tagore to Bharati, our national heritage is an uninterrupted stream of towering heroism of noble men. 

This heroism continued to find eloquence in the post-independent India as erudite men immersed themselves to the task of nation building and in structuring the many institutional edifices that nourish it.  An Ambedkar and his colleagues set upon to the meticulous crafting of the most comprehensive and inclusive constitution, the like of which the world has neither seen before nor thereafter, a Sardar Patel single-handedly embarked on a Bismarckian mission of annexing and unifying a scattered motley of princely states, and a Nehru unravelled the blue-print for the social, economic and scientific regeneration of a majestic country long subdued by alien dominance.  These astute parliamentarians were ably supported by the financial wizardry of a TTK, by the oratory skills of a Krishna Menon, by the non-partisanship of a Mavalankar and many such titans inside the house while men of the stature of Mahalanobis, Homi Bhabha and Vikram Sarabhai gave purpose and direction to the young nation from outside. Oh, what a masculine lineage our present parliamentarians have!

But the challenges thrown to our current MPs are much more over-arching than anything their predecessors had ever have to content with and tests their very character and the limits of their spirit of sacrifice. By asking the male MPs to vote for the women’s bill that, in rotation, reserves 1/3rd of the seats in Lok Sabha and state legislatures for women, they have been virtually instructed to script their own political obituary. When called upon to decide on the question of Indian independence, Churchill famously remarked that he cannot preside over the liquidation of the British Empire. And now our own men in the parliament are called upon to preside, participate and actively vote for the liquidation of their own survival! A choice between one’s instinct for self-preservation and the larger national aspiration for gender equality. Will our MPs rise to the occasion?

 The answer is a resounding Yes. It’s yes because our men have always put national interests before selfish agendas. It’s yes because they have the ideal of a galaxy of stalwarts who selflessly propelled our freedom movement. It’s yes because we have a glorious tradition of honouring the women at all costs and that includes the subjugation of one’s self interests. And it’s yes because our men in parliament correctly gauge the pulse of the nation which is overwhelmingly towards giving women their due. It is this accurate assessment that resulted in the passing of the bill in the upper house. And it would again be for the same reason that it will get its accent in the lower house.

In all these the valour of our Men in Parliament is in ample display. The true MPs!

 Yours

Narayanan

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  • 1. umesh kumar  |  March 13, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Equal rights mean 50% and not 33%. Moreover, the blog seems to be supporting the Male MPs valour. Have you forgotten the pivotal role played by Jhansi Rani, Sarojini Naidu…. in India freedom struggle. In my opinion this Bill should have been passed by the Parliament atleast 20 years back.

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  • 2. chapter18  |  March 13, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Yeah, it’s meant to highlight men’s contribution in the parliament and outside. And also to highlight their large heartedness in voting for the bill. So a tribute to the men in parliament is just in place. About women’s contribution, it’s a subject for another blog.
    Thanks.

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  • 3. Balakrishnan  |  March 13, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Indian MPs, by and large, are inspired by votes and money, Not by values and valor. You seem to have doled out largesse. But for Sonia Gandhi’s tenacity no male in Congress would have voted for it. But for Sushma Swaraj no buddy in BJP would have towed the line. But for Brinda Karat none in the Red parties would have been so generous.

    ‘Glorious tradition of honoring women’? Are you talking about 21st Century India? If that is the case, why there is so much female infanticide in the country? Here a rape victim has to wait for 19 yrs to get justice. The article is out of sync with ground reality I would say.

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    • 4. chapter18  |  March 13, 2010 at 12:16 pm

      I wanted to bring to focus the commendable contributions that men parliamentarians have made to Indian polity and it’s a fact, worhy of praise and also of emulation. This does not in anyway take away the important role women have played in national politics. Now talking about female infanticide and foeticide, there are data to prove that women in the household also prefer male progeny and that in many ways contribute to this ghastly practice.

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  • 5. rekhabaala  |  March 13, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I wanted to say a lot… but I guess much has been said by the above two comments :-) I don’t subscribe to the valour theory at all! I don’t subscribe to reservations for women as well. I would go with the theme of International Women’s Day 2010 – Equal rights. Equal opportunities. Progress for all! Guess you’re going to ruffle a lot of feathers with this post… but you’re entitled to your POV… and we must respect that :-)

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  • 6. Dona  |  March 16, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Does it always have to be an issue of male superiority versus female subjugation…..Does it always have to been an opinion? For a change, cant we just see beauty?

    Beauty in the very process of thinking and analysing such a complicated issue.

    Beauty in the choice of words and phrases to express the same.

    Congratulations Narayanan for being able to preserve the beauty of words in today’s world of abbreviation and severe mutation of language.

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    • 7. Indian Homemaker  |  March 29, 2010 at 10:44 am

      I join Dona in congratulating you Narayanan.

      There is no competition here and everybody benefits from a society that is balanced and where every body has equal opportunity to find happiness and justice. It’s almost impossible without a lot of support from men – and we are very fortunate that we do have plenty of men who are not afraid to support women.

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      • 8. chapter18  |  March 29, 2010 at 10:52 am

        Thanks very much for the comments.

  • 9. Indian Homemaker  |  March 29, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I feel it is difficult for 50% of the population to succeed without the support of the other 50%. I am not sure about our MPs… but everywhere in India, women have received as much support as harassment – for every misogynist, insecure, MCP, there are also plenty of courageous and supportive, liberal reformists. Thank God for these men who are behind every woman – daughter, wife, mother, friend, colleague – often defying convention by contributing at home and by applauding her success.

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  • 10. Rajesh  |  April 20, 2010 at 6:19 am

    I disagree with the your praise of MPs. 99% of them are corrupt, many of them criminal and goonda type.

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