Nari Shakti: Women Politicians Who Made an Impact ‘Breaking The Bias’

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Indira Gandhi

The daughter of India’s first prime minister, Indira Gandhi, was a key figure in the Indian National Congress. She was elected as the third Prime Minister of India in 1966 and was the country’s first and only woman Prime Minister. He was Prime Minister from January 1966 to March 1977 and again from January 1980 until his assassination in October 1984, making him the second longest serving Prime Minister of India after his father.

Indira was known for her ability to make an impression. In one notable case, several Dalits were brutally murdered by upper caste landowners in Belchi, Bihar. While the ruling patriarchs were twiddling their thumbs, Indira Gandhi went to the people offering first aid and salve for her helping hand. Indira Gandhi was already in Hermes mode, wings on her sandals, while the ruling party and other opposition members delayed their travel plans.

He left for Belch first by train, then by jeep, then by tractor through the rain, and finally by elephant. “I have not come to make speeches; I have come to express my condolences to the bereaved,” he told the crowd in Bihar Sharif.

Mayawati

Mayawati has been the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh four times. He is the National President of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which promotes a platform of social change for the Bahujans, also known as Other Backward Castes, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, and minorities who have converted from these castes. He served as Prime Minister briefly in 1995 and 1997, then in 2002-2003 and again in 2007-2012.

Former Indian Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao called Mayawati’s rise from humble beginnings a “miracle of democracy”. Kanshi Ram formed an alliance with the Samajwadi Party in 1993 and Mayawati was elected as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh in 1995. She was India’s first female Scheduled Caste Chief Minister.

Kanshi Ram named Mayawati as his successor in his speech at a rally in Lucknow on 15 December 2001.

Millions of Dalits across India regard her as an icon and call her Behen-ji (sister).

Jayalalitha

Jayalalitha became the first woman Leader of the Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly in 1989. After winning the assembly elections in 1991, she became the woman Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, not forgetting that she achieved this at a very young age.

The former prime minister worked extensively for the people of the state and especially for women. Soon after coming to power, he introduced more than 50 police stations manned exclusively by women. In addition to this, he introduced a 30 percent quota for women in police positions.

Even after several arrests and corruption charges, Jayalalitha was always respected by her people for her philanthropic work. He distributed sanitary napkins with a few grams of gold and 50,000 rupees as marriage assistance. He opened Amma’s canteen, which offers a full meal for just Rs.5.

Mamata Banerjee

In today’s India, Mamata Banerjee seems to be one of the most influential women leaders who opposed all political outfits without fear.

Mamata’s influence can be seen in the fact that she ended the Left’s 34-year rule in West Bengal. Banerjee had started her career at the age of 15. In fact, he was solely responsible for the formation of the Trinamool Congress from the Indian National Congress.

In 2002, she became the first woman minister to present the railway budget.

In October 2005, Mamata staged a demonstration in the pouring rain to express opposition to the violent land grabs and crimes against local farmers carried out in the name of the industrial development strategy of the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee administration in West Bengal.

Droupadi Murmur

Droupadi Murmu, the President of India, is a brave and self-righteous woman who rose to prominence when she served as the Governor of Jharkhand. President Murmu then returned the motions regarding amendments to the Chhotanagpur Tenancy Act (CNT) and the Santhal Pargana Tenancy Act (SPT).

These two bills sought to legalize the commercial use of tribal land, even if ownership remained only with the community.

However, the two bills were condemned by tribal communities and activists who believed that the changes would be against the tribal community.



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