Topic – Social empowerment
1) New India can’t view empowerment of women merely as economic resource. Comment.(250 words)
Why this question
The article examines the problems with the developmental narrative that sees improvement of status of women merely in terms of participation of women in labour force. There are several other issues faced by women which also need to be tackled to improve their overall status.
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to first explain the statement given in the question. Thereafter, it expects us to bring out why thinking of development of women merely in terms of enhancing their contributions to GDP is not holistic. Bring out that there is a need to focus on other issues that confront women and the way forward.
Comment – When you are asked to comment, you have to pick main points and give your ‘opinion’ on them based on evidences or arguments stemming from your wide reading. Your opinion may be for or against, but you must back your argument with evidences.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – explain the statement given in the question.
- Explain that Niti Aayog’s released ‘Strategy for New India @75’ document falls short of engaging gender equality in a meaningful way. This important, over 200-page document includes only a short, four-page section on gender which discusses just one theme: The need to enhance female labour force participation, while neglecting a whole gamut of other issues.
- Explain why it is problematic to focus on empowerment of women as an economic resource. Bring out the other issues faced by women and how to address them.
Conclusion – Give a fair and balanced view and discuss way forward.