Strongly pitching for women reservation in Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, National Conference Provincial President Devender Singh Rana today said their larger participation in parliamentary democracy and decision making will go a long way in instilling a sense of confidence in them.
“Political empowerment of women will be a befitting tribute to Madr-e-Mehrban Begum Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, who all her life strived for their socio-economic emancipation”, Mr Rana said while leading National Conference cadre in paying homage to Madr-e-Mehrban on her death anniversary at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here this morning.
Rana said that the vision of Begum Sahiba about empowerment of women and weaker sections has hugely influenced and inspired the political philosophy of National Conference, which eventually manifested in 33 percent female reservation in the civic bodies and panchayats, as also 50 per cent share in the medical colleges.
He said women constitute almost half of the state politician and they cannot be deprived of their legitimate rights in governance.
Recalling historic role of Begum Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah during the political movement of Jammu and Kashmir and thereafter, the Provincial President said that she carried forward the mission of Sher-e-Kashmir to realise a dignified place for the people and ensuring their empowerment.
He made a particular reference to the role Begum Sahiba played during the imprisonment of Sheikh Sahib and said she kept the spirit of people live and infused energy them.
“Whenever historians will write on Sher-e-Kashmir, they cannot afford to ignore Madr-e-Meharban, as the persona of the tallest among the towering leaders of the time was incomplete without this great lady”, he said.
Rana said the people of Jammu and Kashmir will always remain indebted to Madr-e-Meharban for keeping the great mission of Sher-e-Kashmir alive during his long spell of imprisonment.
He described her contribution in promotion of female literacy and empowerment of weaker sections of the society as exemplary and added that her life has been an example of selfless service to poor and needy
“Madr-e-Meharban stood like a rock against the conspirators of National Conference and infused a new vigour to the movement launched by Sher-e-Kashmir to seek socio-economic empowerment of the people, irrespective of caste, creed, region or religion”, he added.
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