Feminism is the radical notion that women are people said someone famous. That sums up feminism better than any long winded definitio...

Friday, 29 July 2016

AAP : Aam Party, Minus Aurat

The Aam Aadmi party government in Delhi continues to be in the news. Depending on whom you ask, it could be a glowing tribute or the worst possible brickbats. To be honest, I'm not too enamoured of a political party which excludes me at the very outset; leaves me out in the cold in its very name- not a fortuitous beginning.

Yeah, yeah we've been given the blah blah on how "man" is just the default, it is inclusive of women, too. Yet somehow, shrieking harridans that we feminists  are, we haven't yet felt the inclusiveness love that's supposedly being showered on us.

Let's set aside the name for a bit. We are also willing to ignore the cringeworthy International Women's day message from Arvind Kejriwal, who also happens to be the Delhi chief minister. Let's see what really makes up the AAP. For a party with a much vaunted online presence, there are no figures available for the gender wise composition of its membership. While there exists a page which says how are we different, with a passing reference to how they will "coopt representatives from Dalits and other minority segments" but there's nary a reference to that class of humans called "women". Maybe, cos, you know, gender doesn't really matter?

Even more embarrassing, the party hasn't bothered to change or update its list of women candidates  for the Lok Sabha 2014 elections. The least you could do is add a list of winners and those who lost. What's up with that, dudes?

Next up, let's look at the gender composition of the elected representatives in the Delhi legislature. Of the 70 seats in the legislature, 67 are held by the Aam Admi Party. Only 6 of these are women. However, none of these women were considered fit to become a member of the Arvind Kejriwal cabinet. Nothing to do with their competence, we're told.

In my next post, I'll  look at the AAP manifesto, what's in it for women and to what extent have they been achieved.

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