B.R. Ambedkar argued that the progress of a community is measured by the progress made by its women. This means that in an ideal democracy, women will vote, get elected, and lead. As Indian democracy completes 76 years, it is perhaps instructive to examine the crisis in female political leadership.
The gender gap in electoral turnouts in India seems to have been bridged, with women voters often outnumbering their male counterparts in polls. The number of women MPs in the Lok Sabha has improved significantly, from 24 in 1952 to 78 in 2019. But the latter figure remains a marginal 14.3% of the total membership of the House.
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