Every time politicians want to woo women voters, they inevitably talk about women’s empowerment. Mr. Rahul Gandhi’s rally in Tumkur in Karnataka (Feb.17) had him waxing eloquent on the same topic and going to the extent of saying that by empowering women, India could become a superpower. The UPA’s promise to give adequate representation to women in Legislative Councils, Assemblies and Parliament has not been kept. Women politicians who seek to rise in the hierarchy are routinely suppressed and their ambitions nipped in the bud. No political party has any right to talk about women’s empowerment, least of all the Congress.

C.V. Aravind,

Bangalore

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