When 21 MLA’s from the Congress switched sides to the BJP to impeach the speaker, it triggered a constitutional crisis that came to its logical conclusion today with SC having the final word. Earlier, the rebel MLA’s switching camps to the BJP sought the intervention of the governor and cited ‘constitutional crisis’ to impose Article 356 (failure of constitutional machinery of the state) on Arunachal Pradesh that allows Arunachal Pradesh to be run directly from New Delhi. Congress has flayed the BJP for its experiments to topple the Arunachal Pradesh government and also has sought to bring back all the rebel MLA back to its fold.
Congress has claimed victory for itself and for democracy after the SC has struck down on the earlier decision of the President (who works on the aid and advice of the council of ministers headed by the Prime Minister) to impose Article 356 on Arunachal Pradesh. Through the verdict, the SC reinstated the Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh and dismissed Nabam Tuki’s decision as illegal. The verdict was a unanimous decision taken by the 5 member bench terming the decision taken by Arunachal Pradesh’s governor as worthy to be quashed.
Significance of the verdict
The verdict comes as a huge setback to Narendra Modi’s government’s federalist character, it puts to question the commitment of the central government to maintain cordial relations with states especially the one ruled by non-BJP parties. Prime Minister had earlier talked on ‘Team India’, a team which comprises of all the states, however, the Uttarakhand crisis and now the Arunachal Pradesh verdict puts to question the credibility of the words of Prime Minister wrt ‘Team India’.
China & the world is watching us
The central government surely knows the significance of Arunachal Pradesh, the geopolitics which surrounds Arunachal Pradesh and the dispute with China over its claims over Arunachal Pradesh. To exhibit constitutional crisis through unconstitutional means does not bode well for us. The central government has to put all its efforts in working with all states with special attention given to states with global geopolitical importance like the North East for the development of India and to keep up the spirit of democracy.
How many women can say that they do not fear stepping out at night, even with a companion or in their vehicles? The number is negligible. Not only during late hours but even in broad daylight women have a sense of fear in them – a fear of harassment or molestation and a fear of being stalked.
This happens despite us coming a long way since our first steps on this planet. We currently inhabit a world that is much more open to women’s participation in social, economic and political spheres. More women are breaking household shackles and taking the route of a corporate lifestyle. More women are stepping out of their houses to work, to drive cars and bikes, to go for a nice dinner with their other female friends.
However, a lot is yet to be achieved. Women are still in harm’s ways, especially on roads. It is no secret that there are more male drivers than their female counterparts? Is driving a car or riding a scooter something women cannot do? No. The reason for the low number is our society’s attitudes toward female drivers and women’s fear of harassment or being stalked on roads.
Even after 70 years of independence, Indian women are yet to enjoy real freedom on roads. Crime against women has doubled in the last decade.
To ensure their safety, women have taken the course of self-defence. What can be done when a woman riding a scooter is whistled at or followed back home? More often than not, they carry with themselves small items of safety like – swiss knives, pepper or chilli sprays. But what happens if they forget to keep the pepper spray in their bag? Or when a harasser comes, they have to waste time scavenging through their bag to find the small bottle buried deep inside? Self-defence techniques come in handy only when they are available at easy disposal.
To ensure the safety of women riders, CEAT has come up with an innovative idea. They have integrated the grip of their scooters with pepper spray holders. This way, the spray is always at disposal and when in need, a woman doesn’t need to search through her bag.
The idea has manifold advantages. One does not need to consciously remember to put the spray in one’s bag each time before stepping out of the house. A bottle of spray is always fitted to the scooter.
#CEATSafetyGrip campaign is a unique step toward women empowerment. Its success will definitely aid thousands of women riding alone on roads.