WOMEN TO WATCH

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They are here. and more are coming, breaching the male dominance of ages. they are women to watch, in sports, politics, cinema, or business who will be the real changemakers

Sharad Gupta

Sharad Gupta

Sharad Gupta is a political commentator with over 30 years experience of working with publications like The Times of India, The Indian Express, India Today, Hindustan and Dainik Bhaskar. He is presently Senior Editor with Parliamentarian

In politics, they are not the better but the bitter halves, our women. Nehru had no male heir, so Indira came to rule. Likewise MGR in Tamil Nadu, so Jayalalithaa took over. Lalu’s jail sentence saw Rabri taking over. Perhaps Mamata Banerjee has done it all on her own, perhaps the only one. So, are women in Indian politics there by default, and will they always be playing the second fiddle? Does not seem so, for some women are taking over on their own rights. With aplomb... and oomph too! The Constitution has reserved 33 per cent seats for women in panchayat and local body elections. But, the Bill promising them a better representation in the Parliament and state Assemblies is hanging fire for a long time in the Parliament. As a result, there are only 11 per cent women MPs in Lok Sabha. Rajya Sabha and state Assemblies don’t fare any better. Therefore, it’s a challenge for women to enter politics and carve a niche for themselves. In this edition focussed on women and celebrating their rise on their own in various spheres of life.

MAHUA MOITRA

A former corporate honcho, Mahua Moitra is a Trinamool Congress MLA from Karimpur Assembly Constituency in Nadia district of West Bengal. She studied in London, worked in London, married in London, and then returned to India in 2008 to join politics. Mahua married her long-term boyfriend while working as Vice President with JP Morgan in London.

Her husband with children are staying back in London. In her electoral affidavit, she has valued her total assets at Rs 2.5 crore and declared her present annual income at just Rs 5.5 lakh - only a fraction of what she used to earn every month at JP Morgan.

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