Women need to be guided, trained and taught the essentials of politics to enhance their leadership skills

June 3, 2010

Vani Tripathi

Women need to be guided, trained and taught the essentials of politics to enhance their leadership skills, an official from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), India’s principal opposition party,  has said in Doha.

Speaking to Gulf Times on the sidelines of the 10th Doha Forum, Vani Tripathi, the BJP national secretary and the youngest office-bearer of the party, was quoted as saying that it was time for women in politics to come out of the shadows of their male counterparts and demonstrate their leadership abilities.

Tripathi who was a commercial model as well as a film and television actress, last year had the honour of being adjudged the “Emerging Global Youth Leader” at the Washington DC Roundtable. She also represented India last year at the Asia 21 Young Leaders summit held in South Korea.

She said that about 50-55% of the Indian population is expected to be less than 40 years of age by 2014, a fact that would bring about drastic changes in Indian polity.

Most political parties in India, including the BJP, are focusing on youth in the emerging scenario, she said, adding that the parties are giving adequate representation to youth and women in their state and national committees.

“Even before the women’s reservation bill was passed in the upper house (Rajya Sabha) of the Indian parliament in March, BJP had reserved more than one-third of its posts for women. Perhaps, in the whole of South Asia, ours was the first political party to implement the one-third women’s reservation policy,” she said.

Tripathi said that the introduction of the Right to Education (RTE) as a fundamental right in India caused confusion in the education sector.

“We strongly believe that it would eventually shut the door on public education, which is essential for the overall development of the underprivileged,” she said. “The problem is not with the bill, but with its poor execution.”

The policy decision taken by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to do away with the examination in Class 10 to reduce stress on children has resulted in confusion not among students, teachers and parents, she said.

“Initially, HRD minister Kapil Sibal said there would not be examinations but later he said it is for the schools to decide on holding examinations and finally this year a number of schools announced that they favoured exams in Class 10. What does this mean?” she said.




About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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