Taking a dig at unequal representation of Naga tribes at the state legislative assembly, the educated unemployed union Nagaland (EUUN) asserted this trend has made it all the more difficult to implement 33% women’s reservation in the state assembly
Citing unequal representation has brought about shortage or excess number of seats in the state assembly, president EUUN, Achilo Thong believed the state government was not ready to implement delimitation or readjustment of assembly seats to bring about equal representation in the state legislative assembly.
EUUN said surplus number of constituencies has brought extra wealth and power to some tribes, while shortage of constituencies has pulled some tribes to economic backwardness, thus making it impossible to implement the women reservation bill amongst all the Naga tribes in view of the fact that a tribe must have minimum three seats to reserve one for women.
The union further alleged a tribe having a single seat would not welcome the idea as it would amount to 100% reservation, and by doing so would lead to committing gender inequality and injustice to men folk in that particular tribe.
“No womenfolk will ever appreciate that kind of her political empowerment when men of her tribe are politically discriminated and debarred from political participation in such a manner”, added EUUN.
Affirming the status or advancement of women amongst Naga tribes are not vertically equal in position and that some tribes have more highly competent women, the union felt a woman must not be forced to take the lead for the whole tribe when she is not ready, least she may fail to fulfill the aspiration of the society.
Discrimination has been prevalent ever since Nagaland attained statehood, said the union but nonetheless believed recommitting injustice or error against politically weaker tribes could be avoided and that imposing women reservation bill on a tribe which has only a single seat must not be obligatory.