Ground Report | New Delhi: Women who earned their name in India Politics; Women’s political participation has emerged as a key element of the discourse around the upcoming state elections in India. Women in India got their participation rights in Indian politics after so many movements and voices were raised. History has stood witness to the brilliance of women in politics, time and again.
Women turnout during India’s parliamentary general elections was 65.63%, compared to 67.09% turnout for men. India ranks 20th from the bottom in terms of representation of women in Parliament. Women have held the posts of president and prime minister in India, as well as chief ministers of various states.
Lets know about some famous Women India Politics.
She needs no introduction. She is the president of the Indian National Congress, the left-of-center political party, which has governed India for most of its post-independence history. She took over as the party leader in 1998, seven years after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, her husband, and a former Prime Minister of India, and remained in office until 2017 after serving for twenty-two years. Following the resignation of Rahul Gandhi as the Congress party president, Sonia Gandhi stepped in as the interim president.
A senior leader of Bharatiya Janata Party, Swaraj served as the Minister of External Affairs of India in the first Narendra Modi government (2014–2019). She was the second woman to hold the office, after Indira Gandhi. She was elected seven times as a Member of Parliament and three times as a Member of the Legislative Assembly. At the age of 25 in 1977, she became the youngest cabinet minister of Haryana.
She won the Vidisha constituency in Madhya Pradesh for a second term, retaining her seat by a margin of over 400,000 votes. She became the Minister of External Affairs in the union cabinet on 26 May 2014. Swaraj was called India’s “best-loved politician” by the US daily Wall Street Journal.
The longest-serving Chief Minister of Delhi, as well as the longest-serving female chief minister of any Indian state, she served for a period of 15 years beginning in 1998. Dikshit led the Congress party to three consecutive electoral victories in Delhi. She is regarded as the architect of modern Delhi. Dikshit was later declared a chief ministerial candidate for the Indian National Congress in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly election but withdrew her nomination. She was appointed as president of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee on 10 January 2019 and remained in office until her death in July later that year
The first woman to hold the office. She founded the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC or TMC) party in 1998 after separating from the Indian National Congress and became its first chairperson. Banerjee previously served twice as Minister of Railways, the first woman to do so.
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She is also the first female Minister of Coal, and Minister of Human Resource Development, Youth Affairs and Sports, Women and Child Development in the cabinet of the Indian government. She rose to prominence after opposing the erstwhile land acquisition policies for industrialisation of the Communist government in West Bengal for Special Economic Zones at the cost of agriculturalists and farmers at Singur (Women India Politics).
She is the national president of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which focuses on a platform of social change for Bahujans, more commonly known as Other Backward Castes, Scheduled Castes, and Scheduled Tribes as well as converted minorities from these castes. She was chief minister briefly in 1995 and again in 1997, then from 2002 to 2003 and from 2007 to 2012.
In 2011 Banerjee pulled off a landslide victory for the AITC alliance in West Bengal, defeating the 34-year-old Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front government, the world’s longest-serving democratically elected communist government, in the process. Today women are no less leaders than men we surely can shepherd the world.