The only thing which insults people is their privilege who have disdain for politics: Mahua Moitra
To mark the International Human Rights Day, the Delhi HC women lawyers forum organized a virtual discussion on Thursday, saw Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra and Aam Aadmi party MLA Atishi Singh recount their political journeys.
The discussion on the theme was First-generation Women legislators was moderated by Advocates Zeba Khair and Mrinalini Sen.
While speaking on what made her enter politics, Moitra remarked that it was a sense of apathy towards reforming the country which served as a turning point.
If you say politics will not interest you, it is because you are one in many who is isolated in your own bubble-Mahua Moitra.
What is crucial is the acknowledgement of the inequities before the navigating solutions. The existing inequalities should be acknowledged as reality checks before a change can be brought in, she said.
So, it is more difficult for women to enter or be in politics than men. Atishi went on to say “ but, to be fair and honest, the women feel more difficult than men to do anything in the world, however unequal the world is”.
In her talk, Moitra emphasized that there is a need for the women to change their narrative so that they will be appreciated more beyond their gender lines and given some space to prove her merit.
Referring to the success stories of women leaders amidst the Covid-19 pandemic in many countries including Germany and New Zealand, she remarked, “It is not because they had a woman leader which made them get/do better. It is because they constructed a system which made the women rise to the top”.
In the field of politics 2+2 will not equal 4
On a broader note, Moitra spoke about how politics is unfair. She said, “in politics 2 plus 2 will not be 4. You can be the smartest one if you put in 25 years and won’t get elected and there exists a dimwit who entered yesterday and may win with a huge majority”.
Atishi spoke of how the strengths of an elected representative is being able to empathise with the people and bring human perspectives to the legislative role.