(August 01, 2009 - Lanka Polity) Press Trust of India reported that the former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga had strongly favored reservation for women in Sri Lanka's Parliament.
Speaking on women’s vote in politics in India she had said “Sri Lanka is one of the countries in the whole world that has the lowest representation in Parliament, we have only about 13 per cent representation and is not satisfactory".
Actually, the women’s representation in the cabinet is less than 2%.
Chandrika was the President of Sri Lanka since 1994 to 2005 and did next to nothing to change the situation.
Chandrika Kumaratunga had contended that women by nature were more caring and better negotiators in matter of state and governance, said the PTI report.
However, she is known among her one time associates as a personality with none of the above mentioned qualities. She lost all her luster all of a sudden she had to vest in her powers to her successor current President Mahinda Rajapakse. Almost all of the birds that were flocked around her flew away abruptly to perch on the branch of her successor and many resorted to insult her to curry favor with the new leader. Thus, another aspect of the fate of the women in politics was also shown.