From a Correspondent
JORHAT, Jan 24: Attending as the guest speaker on the occasion of the closing ceremony of the diamond jubilee celebration of Devi Charan Baruah Girls’ College in Jorhat, Padmashree Patricia Mukhim said that in political academics, in Lok Sabha out of 543 MP seats there were only 61 women, which is only 11 per cent, and then in Assam out of 126 MLAs, only eight were women, that is 6.3 per cent.
“What is the reason which is preventing women from coming into politics and why it that the political parties are stopping the Women Reservation Bill? Why has the Bill not being passed, because unless the Bill is passed, women will find it very difficult to get out on their own and to fight a muscular patriarchal electoral battle with their main rivals,” said Mukhim. “If we want to bring change in the lives of women and children, then more women have to get into politics,” she added. She said there were 46 central universities in the country but there were only five women Vice-Chancellors.
“Why do we have colleges for women? When I asked many women who passed out from women colleges, I got the answer. They said that women colleges are not judgmental and women do not have to compete with men but with themselves. Women are free to choose any subject they want from among 21 different subjects and there is no bar in choosing subjects, which we often find in co-educatiol colleges,” she added.
Padma Bhusan Dr. Mril Miri, Indian philosopher and educationist, called upon the alumni to take initiative for uplift of their college and to show the way for building a better society. State Power Minister Pallav Lochan Das called upon the students and teachers of the college to take the college forward and to think of a constructive way for building a better and new Assam. He further assured the college authority to solve the problems of this college and to create a friendly atmosphere for educating women who are the pillars of the society, he said.