Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Women’s Representation In Politics In India

Kanimozhi with her husband aravindan and her Son Adhithyan
Terms such as women’s rights, women empowerment, female equality, etc. are doing rounds in every Indian media and are topics of regular discussions. But when we look at the statistics, India is still far behind in the case of women representation in politics. The global representation of women stands at an average of 22% while in India it is just 11.8%. The state of affairs is yet to improve, but we must not fail to notice some amazing ladies who serve as the rays of hope amidst the darkness. Here is a list of some powerful females who strongly represent women in national politics!

Sonia Gandhi
Sonia Gandhi is a silent, yet influential lady who has been the head of the Indian National Congress party for a record period of  19 years. Congress party has witnessed remarkable achievements under her reign. She has retired from the president role in December 2017 but continues to be the strong guiding force of the Congress party.

Sheila Dixit
Sheila Dixit is a senior leader of the Congress party. In Delhi, Congress has come into power three times consecutively under her leadership. She has served as the Chief Minister of Delhi for a long tenure of fifteen years ranging from 1998 to 2013. She has also served as the governor of Kerala for a short period.

Sushma Swaraj
Sushma Swaraj is the present External Affairs Minister of India. She is a BJP leader who is deeply loved by Indians in spite of their political inclinations. The approach she has followed in solving many of the expatriate issues has been appreciated profoundly by all. She has been elected as an MLA three times and as an MP seven times.

Kanimozhi
Kanimozhi is an MP at present, representing Tamil Nadu in Rajyasabha. She is the daughter of M.Karunanidhi, the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. She is a highly talented lady who has served the editorial roles of various newspapers and magazines. She, who is the head of art and literature wing of DMK is a skilled poet by herself and also an ardent lover of literature, art, and culture. She and her husband G.Aravindaan had started the idea of Chennai Sangamam in 2007.

Mamata Banerjee
Mamata Banerjee is the first woman to become the first woman Chief Minister of West Bengal. Her party came into power after putting an end to the thirty-four-year-old rule of the Communist Party Of India in West Bengal. She also holds the credit for being the first female railway minister of India.

Mayawati
Mayawati is undoubtedly the most influential Dalit leader in India. She has been the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for four terms. She is the leader of the Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP) which works for the empowerment of the downtrodden in terms of religion and caste.

Vasundhara Raje Scindia

Vasundhara Raje Scindia was the first female Chief Minister of Rajasthan. She is the present Chief Minister who took charge in December 2013. She is a strong personality who has gained recognition as an influential female leader.