10 Most Powerful Indian women History
10 Most Powerful Indian women History
10 Most Powerful Indian women History
Indra Nooyi : The Madras-born Nooyi is the president and chief executive officer of Pepsi Co. the world,s fourth-largest food and beverage company. According to Forbes magazine,s 2006 poll, Nooyi is the fourth most powerful woman in the world. Fortune Magazine selected her as the Most Powerful Woman in Business in 2006. She would take over as chairperson of Pepsi Co. on May 2, 2007.
Special : The Iron Woman of PepsiCo.
In a world where gender discrimination exists in almost every sphere of our society, here comes the story of a woman who has achieved the top position of the world’s fourth largest company . IndraNooyi, CEO Pepsi Co has scripted a success story that showcases what American dreams are made of. She has also proven that no matter who you are or where you come from, if you have a dream then all you need is the will and determination to achieve it.
Childhood and Early Life
Indra Nooyi, was born on 28th October, 1955, into a conservative Tamil family in Madras (capital city of Tamil Nadu, currently known as Chennai). Her father used to work at the State Bank of Hyderabad.Since childhood she and her sister were groomed by their mother who would always ask them what they would do when they grew up and would award the one with the best answer. This compelled Indra to think hard on what best she could become when she grew up.
She attended Holy Angels Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School in Madras. She went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics, Chemistry and Maths from Madras Christian College.Her determination and perseverance helped her to get into the very prestigious Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta (capital of West Bengal currently known as Kolkata) from where she earned a Post Graduate Diploma in Management. After this, she worked for two years with Johnson & Johnson and a firm named MetturBeardsell in India.
But again that did not stop her from growing in her career. After six years, she joined Motorola as the Vice-President and Director of Corporate Strategy & Planning. After spending four years being part of the top management team handling Asea Brown Boveri’s (a Zurich-based industrial company) US business, she joined Pepsi Co. in the year 1994.
Sonia Gandhi : The Congress president and the chairperson of the ruling United Progressive Alliance, Sonia was named the third most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine in 2004 and currently ranks 13th. She said AA no AA to prime ministership in 2004. But she wields more power and the Opposition parties call her the AA super PM.
Who is Sonia Gandhi
It is very difficult for Bhartiya citizens to get information about Sonia Gandhi’s past. Don’t we find it difficult to know the real background of even Bhartiya-born politicians?In case of a foreign-born, it is much harder to get such information because of the remoteness of the place and the language-barrier (Italian in this case). Never the less, Bhartiyacitizens have the right to know. This note is based on information publicized by Sonia herself and the Congress Party.It clearly brings out the lies.
Name : Sonia
Birthplace : Orbassano
Education : Diploma in English from Cambridge University
Occupation : Political Leader
Image : Honest and clean
Name : Antonia Maino
Birthplace : Luciana
Education : Has not studied beyond high school
Occupation : Agent of Russian Intelligence Agency, KGB
Image : Highly corrupt
1.Real Name :
Sonia Gandhi’s real name is not Sonia, but Antonia Maino. This was revealed by the Italian Ambassador in New Delhi in a letter dated April 27, 1983 to the Union Home Ministry.This letter has intentionally never been made publicby the Home Ministry. Antonia is Sonia’s real name as stated in her birth certificate.
2. Real Father :
Sonia’s said-father is Stefano Maino; the real husband of her mother. According to Sonia Gandhi’s birth certificate,she was born in Luciana in December 1944. But it turns out that Stefano Maino was in jail in Russia from 1942 to 1945. Stefano had joined the Nazi army as a volunteer, as many Italian fascists had done, and was a prisoner of war in Russia during these years. Therefore, it is clear that Stefano Mainocould not have been Sonia’s father. To hide this, her birth date was changed to 9th December 1946, and her birth-place was changed to Orbassano. While in the Russian jail, Sonia’sfather gradually converted to a Soviet supporter.
3.Real Place of Birth :
Sonia was not born in Orbassano, as she claims in her bio-data submitted to Parliament on becoming an MP. She was born in Luciana as stated in her birth-certificate. She perhaps would like to hide the place of her birth because of her father’s connection with the Nazis and Mussolini’s Fascists; and her family’s continuing connections with the Nazi-Fascists that is still surviving in Italy; since the end of the War. Luciana is where Nazi-Fascist network is head quartered; and is on the Italian-Swiss border. There can be no other explanation for this otherwise meaningless lie.
4. False Declaration of her Education :
Sonia Gandhi has not studied beyond High School. But in her sworn-affidavit filed as a contesting candidate before the Rae Bareli Returning Officer in the 2004 Lok Sabhaelections, she falsely claimed that she got a diploma in English from the prestigious University of Cambridge, UK. She had made the same false claim earlier in 1999 in her biographical-data given under her signature to the Lok Sabha Secretariat. This was published in Parliament’s ‘Who’s Who’.Later, after I pointed this out to the Lok Sabha Speaker in a written complaint of a ‘Breach of Ethics’ of the Lok Sabha,she wrote to the Speaker claiming that it was a “typing mistake”. This would probably qualify for inclusion in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest typing mistake in history! The truth is that Ms. Gandhi has never studied in any college any where. She did go to a Catholic nun-run seminary school called Maria Ausiliatrice in Giaveno (15 kms from heradopted home-town of Orbassano). In those days, povertyhad forced young Italian girls to go to such missionary schools and then go to USA to get jobs as cleaning maids, waitresses and domestic help. The Mainos were poor those days. Sonia’s father was a mason; and her mother a tenant farmer[now the family is worth crores]. Thus, Sonia went to the town of Cambridge in the UK; where she first learnt some English in a teaching-shop called ‘Lennox School’. That is her “education”— enough konwledge of English languageto get domestic help-jobs. But since education is highly valued in Bhartiya society; so to fool the Indian public Sonia Gandhi willfully lied about her qualifications in Parliamentary records [which is a Breach of Ethics Rules] and in a sworn affidavit [which is criminal offence under IPC, severe enoughto disqualify her from being MP]. This also violated the spirit of the Supreme Court judgment requiring candidates toreveal their educational qualification on an affidavit.These lies indicate that Ms. Sonia Gandhi has some thing to hide, or has a hidden agenda for India, to openly fool Indians for some ulterior or hidden purpose. We there for eneed to find out more about her.
5.Sonia’s Entry into India :
Ms. Sonia Gandhi, upon learning enough English, becamea waitress in Varsity Restaurant in Cambridge town. She first met Rajiv Gandhi; when he came to the restaurant in1965. Rajiv was a student in the University; but couldnot cope with the academic rigour of Cambridge University forlong. He had to leave Cambridge in 1966 for London where he was briefly in Imperial College of Engineering as a student. Sonia too moved to London; where she got a job with an out fit run by a Pakistani, Salman Thassir. Obviously, Sonia made enough money in this job to loan funds to Rajiv, who was living beyond his allowances.Rajiv’s letters to Sanjay Gandhi clearly indicate that hewas in financial debt to Sonia; he requested Sanjay to pay off the debt. However, Rajiv was not the only friend Sonia was seeing those days. Madhavrao Scindia and a German, named Stiegler, are worth mentioning as other close friends of Sonia.Madhavrao’s friendship continued even after Sonia’s marriage to Rajiv.
6. Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia’s Controversial Marriage :
The circumstance under which Rajiv hastily married Sonia in a Church in Orbassano is controversial; but that was hispersonal matter; which has no public significance. What however is of public significance is that Indira Gandhi; who was initially firmly opposed to the marriage; arranged foranother marriage ceremony in New Delhi; as per Vedictraditions; to fool the gullible Bhartiya public. And all this happened only after the pro-Soviet T.N. Kaul prevailed uponher to accept the marriage in “the larger interest of cementingIndo-Soviet Friendship”. The question that arises is; ‘Who had persuaded Kaul to intervene in this way?’During the 1971 war with Pakistan, in a time of national crisis; when every patriotic Bhartiya was willing to lay down his life for the nation; Sonia Maino fled to Italy with RajivGandhi !
7. Sonia, an Agent of Russian Intelligence Agency, KGB :
When a son of Bhartiya Prime Minister dates a girl in London, it is quite natural that the KGB; which valued Indo-Soviet relations;would investigate her. Upon investigations; they had found out that she was the daughter of Stefano Maino,their old reliable Italian contact. Thus,for the Soviets,Sonia’s marriage to Rajiv meant deep access into the household of the Bhartiya Prime Minister. Hence the Rajiv-Sonia relationship was in the Soviet national interest and the KGB went to work on it. After her marriage to Rajiv; the Soviet connection with the Mainos was strengthened and nurtured by generous financial help through commissions and kick-backs on every Indo-Soviettrade-deal & defense purchases.Dr. Yevgenia Albats, Ph.D [Harvard], a noted Russian scholar & journalist, was a member of the KGB Commissionset up by President Yeltsin in August 1991. She had access to the Soviet intell-igence files that documented these deals and KGB facilitation of the same. In her book, ‘The State With in a State: The KGB in the Soviet Union’, she even gives there ference numbers of such intelligence files. These can now be accessed by any Bhartiya government through a formal request to the Kremlin. In 1992, the official spokes person of the government confirmed the authenticity of Dr Albats’ disclosure [this which was published in The Hindu in 1992]. The spokesperson defended such financial payments as necessary in “Soviet ideological interest”. Part of the funds was used by the Maino family to fund loyal Congress party candidates in the General Elections.When the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991, things changed for Ms. Sonia Gandhi. Her source of funds turned dry and as a result, Sonia started turning away from Russia.Upon Dr. Manmohan Singh’s government taking office, Russian President Mr. Putin (who has been a close agent of KGB)appointed a special person as their new Ambassador in NewDelhi; who had first-hand knowledge about Sonia’s history and her family connections with the Russia.It is common knowledge that the current Bhartiya Government is run by Sonia Gandhi. This Government there fore cannot afford to annoy the Russian Ambassador or even disregard Russian demands that come from him and asa result, Indo-Russian relations have now reached a new level.Even in the United States; the government will not toleratean American spying for Israel even though the two countries are as close as any two countries can be. National securityand friendship are two different things and they cannot bemixed at any cost.
Shilpa Shetty : The Bollywood actress was crowned the winner of the Celebrity Big Brother with 63 percent of the final vote. She became the first Indian to win a British reality show. Though Shilpa was subjected to AA racist bullying AA in the Big Brother house, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise AA she won global attention and is flooded with offers, including those from Hollywood.
Date of Birth : 8 June 1975, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Height : 5′ 8½” (1.74 m)
Mini Bio (1)
Among very few actresses, Shilpa Shetty was nominated for her first film Baazigar (1993). The following year she delivered another blockbuster hit I’m the Expert, You’re the Novice (1994) where she starred with Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan. However, the proceeding years her movies failed to succeed at the box office, though she did receive critical acclaim for some of her performances. Then in 1998, ‘Pardesi Babu’ was released and people noticed her again. Two years after that she finally delivered a super hit, ‘Dhadkan’. Since then her career has taken an up turn. In 2002, she had several releases and films like ‘Hathyar’ and ‘Rishtey’. They solidified her status as a brilliant actress. In ‘Rishtey’ she stole the show from superstars Anil Kapoor and Karishma Kapoor. However, it was in 2004 that her performance in ‘Phir Milenge’ that brought her to the top actress list. In 2005, she delivered modest hits like ‘Fareb’ (where she costarred with sister Shamita Shetty and Manoj Bajpayee) and Dus.
Though she has worked with top actors, unlike many Bollywood actresses who are either scared of or shy away from working with top actresses, Shilpa has worked with numerous talented actresses (such as Juhi Chawla, Raveena Tandon, Manisha Koirala, Tabu, Kajol, Mahima Chaudhry and Konkona Sen Sharma) and is said to share a great rapport with her co-stars.
Today her career boasts of her versatility. In ‘Baazigar’ she played a naive college student, in ‘Aag’ a charming village girl, in ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anari’ a street dancer, in ‘Himmat’ a seductive cop, in ‘Dus’ an anti-terrorist agent, in ‘Fareb’ a doctor and housewife, in ‘Phir Milenge’ an HIV positive, in ‘Pardesi Babu’ a charming city lass, in ‘Dhadkan’ she is forced to betray her lover, in ‘Khamosh’ a prostitute, in ‘Jung’ a sensational club dancer, in ‘Tarkieb’ a promiscuous military nurse, in ‘Rishtey’ a comical and tragic performance as a fisher woman, in ‘Darna Mana Hai’ a housewife haunted by apples and in ‘Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar’ a negative role where she plays a model turned housewife.
In 2000, Shilpa reinvented herself and became known as one of the hottest actresses in the industry! She is the only Bollywood actress who has been seen to do a split on screen and is known today to have the best body in Bollywood. She is also recognized as a graceful dancer.
Shilpa Shetty laughed a lot when she was young. She still laughs most of the time. According to Shilpa’s mother (Sunanda), Shilpa was a naughty child and was called a “fightercock” as she mostly fought with her younger sister (Shamita). Her mom also acknowledges that she was a very bubbly and vivacious child and her pet name is “Manya” but her mom calls her “babucha” or “Honeybunch”. Shilpa went to school at St. Anthony’s Girl’s convent in Chembur, then she went to Podar College.
Shilpa was her school team’s baseball captain. She is a black belt karate champion. She actively participated in her father’s chemical business. Acting was the only thing she had not tried her hand at.
Shilpa is known to have a great sense of humor and has the capacity to crack jokes on herself. She’ll start laughing even before you crack a joke. Shilpa’s favorite actors include Tom Cruise and Jackie Chan. Shilpa’s method of spending a holiday would be to wake up late, cook, watch movies, work out and spend time with her family. She is also a huge fan of prints, especially Tiger and Leopard prints. Her room is filled with all the different kind of prints. Even her pillow case.
Raj Kundra : (22 November 2009 – present) (1 child)
Older sister of Shamita Shetty
Sued Stardust India magazine because the magazine produced a report about her on-off relationship with Akhsay Kumar. According to her opinion, the article made her name disgraced and she lost some offers on films. She won the lawsuit.
Indian top model.
Captain of her school’s baseball team. She is also a black-belt karate champion.
Won Best Supporting Actress for Pardesi Babu (1998) at the Zee Gold Bollywood Awards.
Sahara One crowned her the 2004 DIVA of the year.
Shilpa and Shamita are the first sisters to appear in a film together in the history of Bollywood.
Shilpa is considered to have the best body in Bollywood.
AIDS activist and PETA supporter.
Her appearance on Celebrity Big Brother (2001) caused a huge racism and bullying row. As several housemates didn’t approve of her presence, they made fun of her accent, cooking and native country. Following these incidents, broadcasting network Channel 4 received a record-breaking 40,000 complaints, and the controversy developed into a diplomatic crisis between the UK and India. Even Prime Minister Tony Blair and Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, while visiting India, condemned these acts of unfairness and intolerance (January 2007).
Beside her native language Tulu, she speaks English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, Tamil and Urdu.
Shilpa’s cousin – Prem Shetty – was credited with a ‘Special Thanks’ on the acclaimed Indian art house film entitled ‘The Last Monk’ which premiered at the Cannes FIlm Festival 2006.
In 2007, she won series 5 of Celebrity Big Brother (2001).
Her movie Phir Milenge was viewed by the United Nations who appreciated the movie for its support of AIDS awareness.
Received critical acclaim and nominations for her performances in movies like: Baazigar, Dhadkan, Rishtey and Phir Milenge.She donated all the money she made from her movie ‘Phir Milenge’ to an AIDS charity.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 36, a son Viaan Raj Kundra on May 21, 2012. Child’s father is her husband, Raj Kundra.
Was signed for Rambha’s role in Jung opposite Ajay Devgan, but opted out.
Changed her name from Ashwini Shetty to Shilpa Shetty for her acting career.
Starred in Sanjay Gupta ‘s shelved film ” Dostana” . Co starring Sanjay Dutt and Fardeen Khan.
Starred in Aruna Raje shelved film ” Lal Batti” . She was to play a prostitute. This was in 2002.
The much touted project Hollywood movie Hanuman was set to go on floors in November. 2006. Produced by Uru Patel and directed by Luis Mendoki, the film was set to be shot in Morocco and Canada. The film was also said to be associated with a major international studio, who was aid in marketing it.It was in the planning for over two years, all was complete and even the storyboard was ready. Sources inform that the film is a modern day interpretation and was to star Keanu Reeves as Ram, Aseem Merchant as Laxman and Shilpa Shetty will play the role of Sita. The film got shelved.
Aishwarya Rai : The 1994 Miss World is one of the biggest names in Bollywood. She has made international headlines and she has brought Indian beauty into global focus.
Famous as : Actress
Birth Name : Aishwarya Krishnaraj Rai
Birth Date : November 01, 1973
Birth Place : Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Spouse : Abhishek Bachchan (actor, since 20-Apr-07)
Claim to Fame : Miss World in 1994
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Aishwarya Rai, born on November 1, 1973, in Mangalore, Karnataka, India, is an Indian actress and model. She was former 1994 Miss World who later becomes a Bollywood diva with her debut “Iruvar” in 1997.
Her leading role as Parvati ‘Paro’ in timeless love saga “Devdas” (2002), alongside actor Shahrukh Khan, has made her received the 2002 Filmfare Award and the 2003 Popular Award, both for Best Actress. Therefore, it is understandable then that the actress who has won over 50 awards since 1994 became the highest paid actress in Bollywood. Aishwarya did several following movies, including the 2003 drama “Chokher Bali.” Later on, she did a movie entitled “Bride and Prejudice” (2004), a Bollywood version of Jane Austeen’s classic novel “Pride and Prejudice,” for which she gained 20 pounds to add a sense of realism to the character. The movie soon became a success in U.K. and U.S. cinemas.
As for her private life, the beautiful actress was romantically linked to such famous names, as Salman Khan and Vivek Oberoi before then married to Abhishek Bachchan, the son of legendary Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan, on April 20, 2007.
Sania Mirza : is the highest ranked female tennis player ever from India, with career high rankings of number 31 in singles and 24 in doubles. She became the first Indian woman to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament at the 2005 US Open. She has notched up three top 10 wins against Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova and Martina Hingis.
पूरा नाम – सानिया मिर्ज़ा
जन्म – 15 नवम्बर 1986
जन्मस्थान – मुंबई
माता – नसीमा मिर्ज़ा
पिता – इमरान मिर्ज़ा
विवाह – शोएब मलिक के साथ.
सानिया मिर्ज़ा भारत की एक टेनिस खिलाडी है, जिसने भारतीय टेनिस खिलाडी के रूप में अपना स्थान बनाये रखा है. अपने एक दशक से भी लम्बे करियर में सानिया ने खुद को हर मोड़ पर सफल साबित किया और देश की सबसे सफल महिला टेनिस खिलाडी बनी.
अपने एकल करियर में, मिर्ज़ा ने शातिर रूप से Svetlana Kunznetsova, Vera Zvonareva और Marion Bartoli और पूर्व नंबर एक खिलाडी Martina Hingis, Dinara Safina और Victoria Azarenka को खेल में धुल चटाई थी. वह अब तक की भारत की सबसे सफल और शीर्ष पर कायम पहली महिला टेनिस खिलाडी है, सानिया अंतरराष्ट्रिय रैंकिंग में 2007 के मध्य में 27 वे स्थान पर काबिज़ थी. लेकिन बाद में कुछ समय बाद कलाई में लगी चोट के करण सानिया को अपना एकल करियर समाप्त करना पड़ा और तभी से वह डबल प्लेयर पर ज्यादा ध्यान देने लगी. जहा फिलहाल वह नम्बर एक स्थान पर काबिज है. सानिया ने US 1 मिलियन डॉलर से भी ज्यादा की कमाई अपने खेल में की है. और अपने स्थानिक देश भारत की वह नंबर एक टेनिस खिलाडी है. सानिया ने अपने करियर में कई पुरस्कार और अवार्ड्स भी हासिल किये है.
Medha Patkar : is one of India AAs most energetic activists. She is loved by millions of Indians. She left her position on the faculty of Tata Institute of Social Sciences when she became immersed in the tribal and peasant communities in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. She founded the Narmada Bachao Andolan to fight for lakhs of people ousted by the Sardar Sarovar Dam and other large dams along the Narmada river.
Medha Patkar, a popular socialist of today’s times in India, caught the eyes of global leaders. As a social activist, she is behind many good causes. She is known for her active role in Narmada Bachao Andolan. Violence was never in her agitation, those were a complete reconstruction of Gandhiji’s Non-Violence Movement.
Childhood & Education:
Medha PatkarBorn on 01 December 1954 in Mumbai, to Indu and Vasant Khanolkar, a trade union leader and freedom fighter, Medha Patkar was keen on public service from a very young age. She developed interest in social service. Her father being a trade union leader, she was brought up politically and socially, letting her understand the problems of people. Her father took active part in the Indian Independence Movement, while her mother was member of Swadar, an organization formed to assist and support women who are financially weak, and helped them in getting educated. It was an inherent property for Medha Patker from her parents, to serve the needy.
The two main events which brought Medha Patkar into limelight were:
Narmada Bachao Andolan
Lavasa project (Maharashtra)
And she was an active member to fight against corruption along with Anna hazare.
Narmada Bachao Andolan :
It was after a tribunal’s judgment, granting permission to construct 30 major, 135 medium & 3000 small dams and increasing the height of Sardar Sarovar Dam. In 1985, Medha Patkar along with her colleagues visited the project site. They found it was being shelved by Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. Of India. The primary concern of Medha Patkar was about the people living in that area. She noticed that the people living there had no information about the project. The second factor was regarding Rehabilitation. Later she took up task of “fasting”, for 22 days, in which she almost dead. In 1993 she repeated the same. Later Narmada Bachao Andolan office was attacked by some politically motivated people in 1994, where they were physically assaulted and verbally abused. They resisted all these attacks on them. Medha Patkar was adamant. Later she filed a petition in The Apex Court (The Supreme Court of India), requesting stoppage of construction works. Court decision was finally in favour of her petition.
Lavasa is a lavish project by Hindustan Construction Corporation, in Maharashtra. It is a yet-to be completed city. This was in news because of Political corruption, environment damage, land acquisition, usage of water resources, etc. Medha Patkar could not resist environmental damage. She filed a PIL-Public Interest Litigation in Supreme Court against the Lavasa project.
She was criticized for not taking part in the konkan area, Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant. She was severely criticized for not volunteering in an agitation against this Nuclear plant. Konkan was her home town. Reportedly, Medha patkat has declined a request from group of medical representatives to be a part of this agitation. The main reason behind her refusal as reported was “She told us that she was busy with her agitation against Sharad Pawar’s Lavasa project and with the Narmada Bachao Andolan”, as told by one of her associates.
Meanwhile many political party leaders approached her seeking her support to fight against the project, but she clearly declined. She quoted the same reason, “I didn’t think at that point that it was a desperate situation. One cannot go for everything. There are other organisations working on this and besides I am busy, not only because of Lavasa but Narmada Bachao Andolan too is taking lot of my time. We are in 20 states now and I have to rush to all places. I hardly sleep for 25 days a month. There is also the Ghar Bachao Andolan where I am fighting for the land rights of Mumbai’s slum dwellers”.
As a result, a news magazine Sunday guardian quoted “Medha fan base shrinks in Konkan”.
Awards and Recognition :
Service rendered by her for the sake of environment and her agitations against the illegal on behalf of the people, gained her many laurels. A few are mentioned below:
- Right Livelihood Award-1991
- M.A.Thomas Vigil national Human Right Award from Vigil Movement-1999
- Human Rights Defender award- Amnesty international.
- Deen Nath mangeshkar Award.
- Mahatma Phule Award.
- Green Ribbon Award by BBC for Best International Political campaigner.
Arundhati Roy : Arundhati won the coveted Booker Prize in 1997 for her first novel The God of Small Things. She put the Indian writing in the world radar with her novel. She is an activist who has been fighting against globalisation.
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Arundhati Roy was born in 1961 in the Northeastern Indian region of Bengal, to a Christian mother and Hindu father. She spent her childhood in Aymanam in Kerala, which serves as the setting for her first novel, The God of Small Things (under the name “Ayemenem”). Roy’s mother, Mary Roy, homeschooled her until the age of ten, when she began attending regular classes. She has been reluctant to discuss her father publicly, having spent very little time with him during her lifetime; Roy instead focuses on her mother’s influence in her life. Mary Roy, a political activist, won an unprecedented victory for women’s rights in Kerala. Through her persistence, the Supreme Court granted Christian women in Kerala the right to have an inheritance.
Kiran Bedi is the first woman to join the Indian Police Service. She influenced several decisions of the IPS, particularly in the areas of control over narcotics, traffic management and VIP security. During her stint as the Inspector General of Prisons, Tihar Jail, she instituted a number of reforms in the management of the prison and initiated a number of measures such as detoxification programmes, yoga and meditation.
Kiran Bedi is truly an icon of heroism. She was the first Indian woman to join the Indian Police Services. She was born on June 9, 1949 at Amritsar in Punjab. She is one of the most renowned police officers, who have put in their whole hearted effort in serving the society. Well, in this article, we will present you with the biography of Kiran Bedi, who is the pride of our Indian police force. In the recent times, she has been appointed as the Director General of India’s Bureau of Police Research and Development. Earlier, she served as the Police Advisor in the United Nations peacekeeping department. For her noteworthy performance, she was awarded with the UN medal. In the year 2005, she received the honorary degree of Doctor of Law. To know the complete life history of Kiran Bedi,
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- President’s Gallantry Award (1979)
- Women of the Year Award (1980)
- Asia Region Award for Drug Prevention and Control (1991)
- Magsaysay Award for Government Service (1994)
- Mahila Shiromani Award (1995)
- Father Machismo Humanitarian Award (1995)
- Lion of the Year (1995)
- Joseph Beuys Award (1997)
- Pride of India (1999)
- Mother Teresa Memorial National Award for Social Justice (2005)
Mata Amritanandamay : is a spiritual leader revered by her followers as a saint. She is a widely respected humanitarian and called by some `the hugging saint .
Mata Amritanandamayi was born in a remote coastal village in Kerala, South India in 1953.
Even as a small girl, she drew attention with the many hours she spent in deep meditation on the seashore. She also composed devotional songs and could often be seen singing to the divine with heartfelt emotion. Despite her tender age, her compositions revealed remarkable depth and wisdom.
When she was nine years old, her mother became ill, and Mata Amritanandamayi was withdrawn from school in order to help with household tasks and the care of her seven siblings. As she went door-to-door gathering food scraps from neighbors for her family’s cows, she was confronted with the intense poverty and suffering that existed in her community, and in the world beyond it.
Where Mata Amritanandamayi encountered people in need, she brought them food and clothing from her own home. She was undeterred by the scolding and punishment she received from her family for doing so. She also began to spontaneously embrace people to comfort them in their sorrow. Responding to her affectionate care, they began to call her Amma (Mother).
Amma was deeply affected by the profound suffering she witnessed. According to Hinduism, the suffering of the individual is due to his or her own karma — the results of actions performed in the past. Amma accepted this concept, but she refused to accept it as a justification for inaction. Amma contemplated the principle of karma until she revealed an even more profound truth, asking a question she continues to ask each of us today. “If it is one man’s karma to suffer, isn’t it our dharma (duty) to help ease his suffering and pain?”
With this simple yet profound conviction — that each of us has a responsibility to lend a helping hand to those less fortunate — Amma moved forward with confidence in her life of service and compassionate care for all beings, uniquely expressed by the motherly embrace she offers to all who seek solace in her arms.
In Amma’s community, however, it was not permissible for a 14-year-old girl to touch others, especially men. Amma explains, “In India, women are expected to remain in the background. It is said that ‘Even the walls should not hear them.’ My family could not understand my way of reaching out to people; they had no idea of the spiritual principles.”
But despite adverse reactions, Amma followed her heart, later explaining, “A continuous stream of love flows from me to all of creation. This is my inborn nature. The duty of a doctor is to treat patients. In the same way, my duty is to console those who are suffering.”
Amma says that love expressed is compassion, and compassion means accepting the needs and sorrows of others as one’s own.
Irom Chanu Sharmila is known for her campaign against the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 in Manipur. She resorted to hunger strike demanding the repeal of the AFSPA, on November 2, 2000, after soldiers of the Indian Paramilitary Assam Rifles allegedly killed ten young Meitei men in Malom. Who do you think is the most powerful Indian woman?
AFSPA, the legal provision that has turned Armed forces (read Assam Rifles) from messiah to maniac, was framed before India became independent. The British had created this act to discourage the citizens of the country from participating in the famous Quit India Movement . But that was way back in 1942.
The act was modified a bit in 1958 and amended in 1972, in order to accommodate six sections that accord absolute power to the army, in areas of civil disobedience . Thus was born the monster, which only created mayhem. Armed forces, in order to ‘discipline’ the citizens who were into activism , used it to snuff out lives indiscriminately, anywhere and everywhere.
Having seen the bloodshed and the temporariness of life, Sharmila decided somebody had to take the lead. And she did. Much to the relief of the people of Manipur, the news travelled far and wide, and national and international organisations began to meet up with her. Her story has become a glowing reference to peaceful activism, globally. Awards soon followed – both from within the country and outside India. There is even a play written on her life that continues to touch the audience throughout the country.
It is a noteworthy fact that Manipur shares its border with Myanmar from where comes another story of political resilience in the form of another soft-looking yet tough woman leader – Aung San Suu Kyi .Maybe, just maybe, it’s in the DNA of the people in this region. They are not the ones to accept a raw deal, be it from the government or the armed forces.