The number of educated candidates, especially women, has proved that education is a minor factor at least in the ongoing Lok Sabha election. There are 16 listed women candidates in Gujarat. Of them, 15 are literate as only one has declared herself illiterate while three of them have passed their matriculation.
Sangada Kumari Induben Nathubhai and Lataben Ashokkumar Dwivedi, Independents contesting from Dahod and Navsari, respectively, have cleared their class X exams.
Jayshreeben Kanubhai Patel, the BJP candidate from Mehsana, has also cleared her 10th standard. In contrast, Kamuben K Patel, an Independent contesting from Dadra and Nagar Haveli, is illiterate.
In Kutch, the sole woman candidate, Valuben Babulal Mangariya of the BJP, has completed the seventh standard only.
“Education is important for a woman. But emotions are also important in politics. I did face difficulty. And, to reap the rewards, it is important to face challenges. After people noticed the work I did in Kutch post-2001 earthquake, they elected me for the second term. My first term lasted from 2001-2006,” said Valuben.
Bhartiben Dhirubhai Shyal, a BJP candidate contesting from Bhavnagar, is a beacon of light in more ways than one. She is a professional, specialising in ayurveda consultancy.
In an email response, she said: “First of all, let me make it clear to you that now the era has changed. It is not the time when all and sundry can be chosen candidates. Of course, education matters. As far as I am concerned, yes, I do believe my education has played a very significant role in my selection as the BJP candidate of Bhavnagar for Lok Sabha 2014. Bharatiya Janata Party is a party of intellectuals. Party and the CM identified the ability of educated women. Narendra Modiji’s vision is very clear and known to the whole country. Under his good governance and in a golden era which is coming soon, we hope our country emerges as a superpower. And, to make that dream come true, educated people are highly required to represent various constituencies of India.”
“Education is very important for women in politics. I am pursuing my third year in political science and I intend on being a student for the rest of my life. My education field has a direct impact on my career. However, in spite of having a woman-dominant team, I am also the only woman candidate the AAP has chosen to field,” said Vandanaben Dineshbhai Patel from Mehsana, who is representing AAP for the first time.