Jorawer Singh, Chandigarh, August 27, 2009: As the University formally announces September 4 for the student polls, University is abuzz with blockages, gheraos, peace marches, memorandums and what not but with a little difference this time.
It is for the first time parties are projecting Girls as their presidential candidates and why not, with the girls outnumbering boys in Punjab University with a ratio of 70:30, it indeed is a wise move. “The major parties should come forward and give chance to a girl to be a president” demands, Deepika, herself a Presidential Candidate from one of the parties. Pointing out at the half-hearted approach of parties in filling female candidates, she rued how majority of these female candidate in previous years got meagre 50-100 votes due to lack of internal support.
“Not only the poll expenses are kept under control, a woman candidate is most likely to resort to more peaceful methods of problem resolution” said Deepika, adding with a gleam “Girls demands are quickly and considerately listened to and resolved by the authorities also” narrating how a demand for a night-lady-attendant at hostels was met within three hours of hunger strike by girls and that too without any violence or creating any ill-will.
Already having a stint as a cultural secretary at Hostel, DR of her department, vice president with an NGO, multifaceted Deepika had also been an MSc topper with three times NET qualified, and had dropped her MNC offer to continue as a research scholar.
Citing example of the first lady, Pratibha Patil, Deepika promises to be equally effective president with a 24 X 7 accessibility and readiness to work even at odd hours. Leaving a crowd of 400 boys spell bound with her speech, this girl has already made deep inroads in this erstwhile men’s bastion.