Women Participation in Politics : A case study of Katigorah Assembly Constituency
Authors: Mr. Joyprakash Sharma
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Political participation, a necessary ingredient of every political system, denotes a series of voluntary activities which have a bearing on the political process that involves issue like selection of rulers and the various aspects of the formulation of public policy. These activities include voting, seeking information about policy of political parties and of govt., attending election meetings, contributing money to the party or election fund of its candidates, enrolment in a party, canvassing for a party and holding party offices. (Meclosky, 1968) In other words, political participation can be referred to as a process through which people take part in politics.
In every political system, people in authority seem to be quite keen on ensuring some amount of political participation by the people. This is, because by involving many in the matters of the State, political participation fosters stability and order and thereby reinforce the legitimacy of political authority. A society in which a substantial part of the population is denied any participation whatsoever is likely to be highly explosive. That is why even in modern non-democratic political system, the idea of political participation seems to be well nurtured. Participation in politics is, thus, a civic duty, a sign of political health and one of the methods of ensuring that one’s interests are not neglected.
In view of the importance of political participation in a democratic system, the present study attempts to know, to what extent women belonging to different sections of society take part in political process with reference to the women in Katigorah Assembly Constituency.