Tokenism or Dynasty Politics, the Way for Women to Get Power: Analysts
N Kayalvizhi Selvaraj, who defeated Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tamil Nadu unit chief L Murugan in Dharapuram, has been handed the Adi Dravidar Welfare division and P Geetha Jeevan has been made the Minister for Social Welfare and Women Empowerment.
“As usual, a woman is given the Adi Dravidar department, as typical tokenism. Yes, this is an excellent space and receives a lot of funding from the Centre but there is not much scope for growth. Why can’t women be designated other departments, even tourism? This kind of an allocation has been the trend for decades and this is unfair governance,” Lawrence added.
Political analyst Sumanth Raman identified, “Like the rest of India, women can’t really make a mark here unless they have their families or husbands pushing them. For example, Geetha Jeevan’s family has been the face of the district for the past three years – which helped her win.”
He additionally took a jibe at the DMK chief for partaking in dynasty politics, stating that even amongst MPs, there may be Kanimozhi, who is said to Stalin and Thamizhachi Thangapandian, who’s the sister of Thangam Thennarasu, a distinguished minister and DMK loyalist.