Day: July 16, 2022

Where is gender in political discussions?

There are many ways in which gender disparity manifests itself, including social stereotyping, domestic and societal violence, gender pay gaps, etc. It is not surprising that a large segment of our society experiences unequal or disadvantageous treatment based on gender. Considering the multilayered nature of Indian society, which includes class, caste, and urban and rural divides, the inequality and abuse women face differ due to their intersection with two or more of these factors. While Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao and many other schemes have surfaced to empower women in India, the big question I still feel is whether men in politics are ready to share the power with women?

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Machiavellianism: An adjective?

“A prince cannot observe all those things for which men are considered good, for in order to maintain the state he is often obliged to act against his promise, against charity, against humanity, and against religion”- This is one of the famous quotes written by Niccolò Machiavelli in his book “The Prince”. The Prince is a short treatise that tells how to acquire power, create a state and keep it. This book represents Machiavelli’s effort to provide a guide for political action based on the lessons of history and his own experience as a foreign secretary in Florence. He used to believe that politics has its own rules which shocked his readers that the adjectival form of his surname, Machiavellian, came to be used as a synonym for political maneuvers marked by cunning, duplicity, or bad faith.

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