India became independent on August 15, 1947, with 29 states and 7 union territories. It is a Federal Republic country that has a Parliamentary Democracy and operates under the 1950 Constitution. India has a bicameral parliament: the Upper house (State Council) and the Lower House (House of the People). Today, India’s Prime Minister is Narendra Damodardas Modi, the 14th Prime Minister. India’s politics now is also headed by powerful women who helped shape it for what it is today. Let’s take a closer look at these strong and powerful women leaders of India.
1. Indira Gandhi – Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi was an Indian politician and central figure of the Indian National Congress party. She was the first and only woman who became India’s Prime Minister. She led India’s achievements thru through advancements of the Green Revolution, however, her term was cut shortly as she was killed by her own bodyguards as revenge for the attack at the Golden Temple.
2. Sushma Swaraj – The second woman who took after the legislative positions handled by Indira Gandhi, Sushma has been a member of the Parliament and became a member of the Legislative Assembly 3 times. She currently holds the Union Minister Of External Affairs of India.
3. Sheila Dixit (Dikshit) – From 1998 to 2013, Sheila became the Chief Minister of Delhi. She was also a member of the Indian National Congress and became the Governor or Kerala in March 2014. However, she resigned soon enough in August 2014
4. Jayalalitha – Jayaram Jayalalithaa was a famous actress in India before she became a politician. She served 5 terms as a Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu from 1991 to 2016. She was also known as “Amma” (mother) of a Dravidian party. Although her critics accused her of fostering a personality cult, she finished her term as a Chief Minister nevertheless.
5. Mayavati – also known as Mayawati Prabhu Das or Kumari Mayawati, this 61 year old female politician is four times Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, and was the first female Dalit Chief Minister in India She is also the national president of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which focuses on a platform of social change to improve the lives of the weakest strata of Indian society — the Bahujans or Dalits, religious minorities, and other backward classes.
6. Sonia Gandhi – Current president of the Indian National Congress, Sonia is considered as one of the most powerful women in the world. Sonia Gandhi’s tenure as the Congress president has been the longest in its century-old history.
Gone are the days of women subjugation. Ladies now rise as the leaders bringing success to our nation, and to the future generations too.