“I look forward to the day when women will have equal representation in legislative bodies without the use of affirmative action,” stated Kamal Haasan.
Kamal Haasan, the actor-turned-politician, praised the women’s reservation bill that was introduced in Lok Sabha on Wednesday. According to the chief of Makkal Needhi Maiam, the act corrects a “longstanding injustice perpetrated against the largest minority.”
“A watershed moment in our Republic’s history, as the seat of our democracy moved into its new home.” I’m glad that the first Bill introduced in this new Parliament addresses a long-standing injustice against India’s greatest minority, women. I heartily support the Women’s Reservation Bill, which was introduced yesterday. Nations that promote gender equality will always succeed,” Haasan said on the social networking platform X.
However, Haasan asked the parties to address the bill’s concerns, noting that the reserve will take effect after the next census and delimitation procedure.
“This delayed implementation timeline risks turning this historic decision into mere lip service to the subject and must be abandoned,” he said, while requesting that the reservation be extended to the Rajya Sabha and legislative councils.
“I look forward to a time when women receive proportional representation in legislative bodies with no any affirmative action,” Haasan remarked.
Several opposition parties, including the Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, have challenged the bill since it states that reservation will be implemented after the census and delimitation.
“There is a need to carefully examine the bill introduced today by the Modi government.” According to the current draught of the bill, it would be implemented only after a decadal census and delimitation. This indicates that the Modi government has effectively ended women’s reservations until 2029. “The BJP should clarify this,” said Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday.
“Why can’t Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi offer reservations to women in the 2024 elections without seeking for a census and delimitation?” remarked Delhi minister and AAP leader Atishi. If he actually cares about women, why isn’t he implementing the bill on the existing 543 Lok Sabha seats?”
“It appears they (the Centre) are not going to implement it (the draught women’s reservation law) for the time being,” Tamil Nadu minister Udhayanidhi Stalin remarked. We have been calling for such legislation for the past ten years. They claim that for the time being, they will just conduct a census and delimitation process. There is no indication of when it will be implemented.”