Logically, with one-third of the GHMC having woman corporators, Hyderabad should have been one of the cities of ‘empowered women.’ If you don’t see many empowered women, there is an amusing reason. The City has a different lesson for the world which believes ‘behind every successful man is a woman’. Here, it is conversely true, as behind every woman corporator is a man!
The magic is performed by the women quota. As there is no way out but to put up a woman candidate, men get their wives elected so they remain the de facto voice. If someone tries to reach a woman corporator, it is most likely that it would be a male voice answering. If you insist that the phone be handed over to ‘madam’, the voice will want to know ‘what the matter is’. So much for the ‘empowered women’ of India, where the wife cooks and the husband enjoys the food.