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Indian Prime Minister Opposes Quota Bill

Inder Kumar Gujral, Prime Minister of India, vowed last week t o oppose a bill through Parliament that would guarantee a third of India’s parliamentary seats for women. The bill sparked intense debate in parliament and caused divisions in every political party. Gujral says that he supports gender equity but argues that affecting major social change requires a building a consensus. There are currently 39 female members of India’s 545-member lower house of parliament.

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Agence France-Press - August 14, 1997

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