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Contribution of women in framing India’s constitution
- 15 women in the 299-member constituent assembly.
- Two of those 15 women were as follows
- She was the first Dalit woman from Kerala to graduate from Madras University.
- In 1945, she was nominated to the Cochin Legislative Council that elected her to the constituent assembly.
- Dakshayani strongly opposed reservation or separate electorates and worked towards a vision of India free of caste or community barriers.
- She held that the assembly should offer the people a “new framework of life”.
- She was the first Indian woman to hold a cabinet post in pre-independent India.
- A decade before independence, she moved a resolution demanding a constitution, and among other issues, she spoke on the ‘Centrality of New Asia in Post-Raj World Order’.
- Most were against reservation for women in the parliament
- They believed that new India would be one with gender equality.
Question for Answer Writing
|Q: Discuss the contribution made by prominent women in shaping India’s constitution.
Reference: The Wire
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