The Mighty Indian Female

The magic of Mayawati seems to have just begun as the Bahujan Samajwadi Party supremo made her debut in the Forbes list of 100 most powerful women in the World. The list includes three other Indians- Sonia Gandhi, Indra Nooyi and Kiran Mazumdar Shaw.

Mayawati may have not quite made it to the post of the Prime Minister but she has definitely made it to this superpower list released by the Forbes Magazine. Mayawati made her debut at the 59th position whereas Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi was present on the 21st position,which is a big fall from her last years 6th rank. The other Indians who made it to the list include Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi and chief of Biocon Kiran Mazumdar Shaw. Indra Nooyi has moved two places from here last year’s 5th place to a commendable third place this year whereas Kiran just completed the top hundred list by coming in at the 99th position.

Mayawati’s debut into the list may not come as a surprise to many political critics as ever since becoming the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, she has grown from strength to strength. From having ambitions of becoming the Prime Minister of the country to being the assumed head of the third front of Indian politics, Mayawati has made her agenda in politics very clear from the beginning. The trust vote on the Indo US deal may have not gone her way, but it is a known fact that her political career has risen tremendously in the past few years and who knows her ambitions of leading the country one day may soon be realized. Sonia Gandhi’s position in the list seems to have fallen a bit after she let Prime Minister Manmohan Singh take the limelight and face the contentious issues relating to the Indo US nuclear deal while she herself maintained a low profile for sometime. But never the less, Sonia Gandhi continues to be strongest female politician in our country.

The Forbes top 100 list was topped by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the second year. The second position went to Federal Deposit Insurance Corp Chairman Sheila C Bair of the United States of America. Hillary Clinton may have not been selected as the Democratic nomination for the President in America but American women have dominated the list with six of the top ten belonging to the States. Wallpoint CEO Angela Braly and the US secretary of State Condolezza Rice also make it to the top ten. Hillary Clinton came in at the 28th place. Other notable women who can be found in the list are Oprah Winfrey at the 36th place, Melinda Gates at the 44th and Queen Elizabeth 2 on the 58th position.

Indian women may not be getting their due in our society but Forbes has acknowledged their power by including four in the top 100 list. All the women mentioned have achieved several milestones in their powerful careers. It is interesting to note that these four women come from politics and the corporate world both of which are supposed to be dominated by the men. Hence these women represent the ambitions and the aspirations of millions of other Indian girls who too want to push the glass ceiling and reach for the sky. These women truly epitomize the Indian woman of today- who is confident and wants to reach for the stars.

Shishir Srivastava

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