Empowering Naga women

The fight by Nagaland’s women, for reservation in urban local bodies (ULB) as provided by the Constitution, is another story of the gross injustices in our society in the name of so-called culture, traditions and customary laws (“Pride as well as prejudice”, Feb.8) The Centre should step in to ensure that elections are held and that there are no exceptions to the State to deviate from constitutional norms under Part IXA of the Constitution.

Ashok B.B.,


Naga leaders would observe that many of their customs have changed with the times. These changes, without denigrating the old, have helped in progress. Elections to local bodies, contemplated to be a part of the democratic process, would not be an intrusion but an embellishment to their customs and traditions. There were no such bodies as per their traditional laws or customs. As such, the agitators would not have any locus standi on the issue.The agitating leaders should know that reservation for women is not a sacrilege but a way to empower their own women. The Central government should hold parleys to convince the leaders.

K. Rajendran,


It is deeply saddening to read about orthodox attitude of Naga groups towards offering reservation to women. This prolonged inequality between men and women is one of the main reasons behind the underdeveloped nature of many States. Unless every section of society is allowed to contribute towards social welfare, all-round development of society will remain a daydream. When the Centre has launched an ambitious social campaign, “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” (Save girl child, educate girl child), it’s equally important to provide them an opportunity to prove their mettle. Reservation in ULBs would certainly be a step in this direction.

Kiran Babasaheb Ransing,

New Delhi

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