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Pursue politics, Kalam tells women

The former President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, is looking forward to the passage of the Women's Reservation Bill in Parliament next week.

He told The Hindu on Friday: “Today, I addressed and interacted with 6,000 students at Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai. While interacting with them, there were many questions. One B.Sc. student asked me: ‘How can students contribute to the National Vision 2020?' My answer was: ‘There is a possibility that the Women's Bill will get cleared. Tell me friends, how many of you would like to become MPs?'

“I was surprised – more than 100 hands went up. It was a good signal. I suggested that women MPs can contribute towards developmental politics. Probably then Parliament will become purpose-oriented.”

Earlier, at the end of his interaction with the students, Mr. Kalam had told reporters that the Bill would only make a difference if women chose to pursue politics.

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