Is KCR anti-women?
Hyderabad: It appears that Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao (KCR) lives in a world where women have no place. He has been heading a cabinet without a single woman. Only two women politicians have some space and role in TRS affairs. One is, of course, KCR’s daughter Kavita who is a Member of Parliament representing Nizamabad. She is the lone female among TRS MPs. She is considered to be a very powerful politician. She is heading an organization named ‘Jagruti’ and she goes abroad now and then in the name of functions organized by the international wing of Jagruti. She enjoys extraordinary clout thanks to her father. The other woman politician in TRS is Deputy Speaker of Telangana State Assembly Padma Devender Reddy from Medak district. She is ornamental without much importance.
KCR was severely criticized by political observers and women rights activists for not recognizing their potential and for not giving women opportunity to prove their mettle. But the ‘could-not-care-less’ attitude of the chief minister has not changed despite the flak. Even when he rewarded nine party loyalists with the chairmanships of corporations, he did not think it fit to have at least one chairperson. He nominated all males for nine corporations. It is quite opposite to the attitude of another chief minister, late YS Rajasekhara Reddy, who gave ministerial berths to several women Congress leaders making one of them, Sabita Indra Reddy, a home minister.
The Bill meant to reserve one third of seats in Parliament has not been passed for several years although every government declares unstinted support to it. Lack of seriousness on the part of the governments, be it UPA or NDA, could be seen clearly in this matter. Even if one Mulayam Singh Yadav and a Laloo Prasad Yadav opposed it, majority of the parties and MPs are in favour of such a legislation. But it has not been pursued with same gusto as the GST. The Telangana State cabinet is particularly odd without a single female face. It is high time KCR thought about the glaring lapse and corrected it before long. The media in the State does not point it out and the associations championing women rights and human rights are not bothered either. Is KCR anti-women, is the question to be asked.