In spite of the fact that women in India, by and large, have to battle patriarchy, it is an absolute pleasure watching women ruling the roost in several fields, including politics. Several women politicians have struggled their way up to carve a niche and become a name to reckon. Following is the list of the women politicians who have garnered attention with sheer stealth and are the most preeminent names in the current political scenario.
Sonia Gandhi: Earlier more famous as the daughter-in-law of Mrs. Indira Gandhi and wife of Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi has been the backbone of the Indian National Congress ever since she took over the reins of the party, post her husband’s demise. In spite of ups and downs in the fortunes of the party, there is no denying that she is one of the most potent political names in the country.
Mayawati: From a school teacher with very humble beginnings to becoming the Chief Minister of the most significant state of the country for four times, Mayawati heads the Bahujan Samaj Party, a political party that aims at uplifting of the Dalits and other backward communities.
M K Kanomozhi: She started her career as a journalist, went on to become a poet and a superlative politician, all rolled into one. She is the daughter of the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Karunanidhi. She was the eyes and ears of the DMK patriarch in the capital. Thanks to her undeterred effort she is now the party’s new face emerging in the national scene voicing the concerns of women and the downtrodden.
Mehbooba Mufti: Current Chief Minister of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and the first women to hold the office, Mehbooba Mufti heads the J&K People’s Democratic Party. She started her career with the INC and had a vast played a role in the politics of the state.
Sushma Swaraj: Former Supreme Court lawyer and only the second women politician in the country to hold the office of External Affairs Ministry, Sushma Swaraj is one of the most significant names of Bhartiya Janta Party. Her work in rescuing Indians in several war-affected countries across the globe has earned her laurels.
Vasundhara Raje Scindia: The first ever woman Chief Minister of Rajasthan and also the current one, Vasundhara Raje Scindia, is the daughter of the royal Scindia family of Gwalior. Owing to her lineage, she had been introduced to the world of politics early in life.
Smriti Irani: A Miss India finalist, the undisputed queen of the telly-world for several years in a row, Smriti Irani has worked tremendously hard to become a name to reckon with in the politics of the country. Joining BJP in 2003, she currently heads the Ministry of Textiles along with additional charge of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Mamata Banerjee: She has the reputation of being the first woman to hold the office of chief ministership. She is in charge of Personnel and Administrative Reforms & E-Governance, Home & Hill Affairs, Information and Cultural Affairs, Land and Land Reforms & Refugee Relief and Rehabilitation, Minorities Affairs and Madrasah Education and Health and Family Welfare. She was successful in uprooting the 34-year long communist rule in the state of West Bengal. She is the chief of the Trinamool Congress party and has a significant role to play in neutralizing corruption in the state.