It is very disheartening that no student has stood for the post of president and general secretary for the Miranda House Student’s Union. Moreover, for the post of vice president and central councillors, only one candidate per post nominated themselves. It has startled the concept of democratic elections, as the nominated candidates will uncontested.
Above mentioned scenario has presented no choice to students but to cast votes in their favour to enforce them as their representatives. This failure of initiation to act as a leader has permeated a depressing vibe in such a lively college. What line of reasoning can be enunciated for such an unexpected turn of events in the history of Miranda House? lt has been ranked as a number one college in the National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranking of 2017 and 2018. What resulted in such a situation where none of the scholarly women of the college filed their nominations? Are these women reluctant to enter into the political domain? If this is the case, then the emerging sense of the demand for political freedom for women and the process of improvement has raised curiosity as it turned apocryphal.
Some of the students have complained about the communication failure regarding the filing of nomination papers. The absurdity of not applying for a prestigious post of president has been attributed to lack of awareness on the nomination process. But the question is, MHSU elections happen every year then why students are raising such complains only this year? It has raised concerns to ponder over.
If women from such a prestigious institute of India are not gearing up to act upon this much-debated issue of women empowerment and the awareness of political reality then how can we expect the government to improve this situation? Historically, the representation of women in politics has not been equitable to male counterparts. And, such development can fuel the very belief of the Indian societal structure that women are not capable of being leaders; innately less skilled than men.
This is a lamentable situation as the suppression of the political right has not come from the third party. It has been pumped up voluntarily by the thriving women intellectuals of the Miranda House, who are expected to bring change in women’s position in this society.