It brought tears to the eyes of a feisty veteran, one who had weathered many a political battle. On August 12, 1997, after violent resistance to the Women’s Reservation Bill, which seeks to reserve a third of the seats in the Lok Sabha for women, the CPI’s late Geeta Mukherjee told journalists, “Even when my husband died, I was brave. But today, I’ve been reduced to tears.”
Deep divide: The late Geeta Mukherjee (left); Sharad Yadav, who opposes the bill
The bill pushed JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, one of its strongest opponents, into a hallucinatory fantasy. During a discussion on the bill in the last session of Parliament, he likened his situation to that of Socrates—held guilty for his views and compelled to drink hemlock.