Print Friendly, PDF & Email

The decision to induct girls for permanent commission through the National Defence Academy is a step in the right direction which was long overdue in the process of achieving gender parity in armed forces. Elaborate.

Topic: Role of women and women’s organization,

3. The decision to induct girls for permanent commission through the National Defence Academy is a step in the right direction which was long overdue in the process of achieving gender parity in armed forces. Elaborate. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The Hindu

Why the question:

The Centre on September 8 gave the Supreme Court the “good news” that it had taken a decision to allow women entry into the National Defence Academy (NDA), so far a male bastion for recruitment into the Armed Forces.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the attempts at achieving gender parity in Indian armed forces and suggest further steps that are needed.

Directive word: 

Elaborate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the context. You must be defining key terms wherever appropriate and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context of recent decision aimed attempt at introducing gender parity in the armed forces.

Body:

Mention that the position of women in the armed forces, offers a limited window for any kind of change in the role of women in occupational and bureaucratic structures. However, there are changes being witnessed but at a slow pace.

Next, write about as to how the attempts at reform have been through litigation and by the orders of the SC. Mention the Babita Puniya case and the observations of the court in that regard.

Write about the reluctance of policy makers in this situation and their preference to maintain the status quo and their reasons, thereof.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a balanced way forward.