Women Who Earned A Name In Indian Politics

DMK MP Kanimozhi with her husband Aravindan at Music ShowWomen representation in politics is abysmal, and many are turning a blind eye to it. Even in the modern political landscape, motherhood and nature are comparative, as we talk of Bharat Mata, Gau Mata, Ganga Mata and the like. In a country where men debate about Beti Bachao Beti Padhao or Triple talaq, do they intend to empower women by giving them their due share or will they just talk about the issues that circle them? Despite the odds here are a list of women who made it to the top in the Indian politics through their determination and willpower.
Indira Gandhi: The iron lady of India who could beat even the best in their game through her ruthless yet persuasive talent. Hailing from a political family, Indira was seen as the face of Indian National Congress party. She ruled the country from 1966 to 1977, bagging another term in 1980-1984 until she was shot dead by her bodyguards. Mrs. Gandhi had the reputation of being the second longest serving Prime Minister only after her father, Nehru. She believed in the centralization of power and called for the creation of Bangladesh after declaring war on Pakistan. It was during her period that Emergency was declared going to prove her providence in the field.
Sushma Swaraj: Popular on social media, the Indian politician, was formerly a Supreme Court lawyer and is now the Minister of External Affairs in the Modi government. Sushma was elected for seven times for the Lok Sabha and thrice for the state assembly. She has the credit of being the youngest of state cabinet minister. The Wall Street Journal ranked her India’s best-loved politician. She maintains a friendly relationship with the neighbouring countries and has garnered the support of world leaders like Phillip Hammond to Hillary Clinton. Her oratory skills have given her a respectable position at the international platforms.
Smriti Irani: An Bahu of the Indian soap turned politician, was noticed by the world for her brave comment on the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi. She called open for a fast unto death for Modi to step down post the 2002 Gujarat riots that claimed the lives of 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus. Later she was forced to withdraw the statement. Over the years she worked hard and made a comeback as a Human Resource Development minister in the 2014 Modi government. Later she was moved to a humbler textile ministry. She is in the public eye for her active social media comments.
Meira Kumar: A lawyer by profession and a diplomat, the calm and classy lady, was at the helm of affairs in the Indian Parliament. She was the first women Lok Sabha Speaker elected unopposed serving from 2009-2014. She was a five-time member of parliament and served as the cabinet minister in Social Justice and Empowerment ministry between 2004 and 2009.
M K Kanimozhi: Being the heir to the DMK patriarch Karunanidhi, she was perceived to be the literary heir to her father’s legacy, until in 2007 she decided to join the political arena. Being the face of TN politics in Delhi, since her inception, she has participated in 132 debates, speaking on various issues ranging from women’s welfare, atrocities against Dalits, air pollution, sugar subsidy and much more. Over the years she gained prominence in the party and her role future politics of Tamil Nadu is sure to watch out for.

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