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Does Patil symbolises women power?

Jun 16, 2007 08:26 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: Straight after hearing she had been nominated for the post of the President, Pratibha Patil said it was a symbol of how much respect women enjoy in the country. While many women’s right activists would beg to differ, there's no doubt this is the farthest a woman has come in the race for the country's top job. Is that a sign of a positive transition? Madam President—is what 73-year-old Pratibha Patil is likely to be called after the Presidential elections are wrapped up next month. In India's 60th year of independence, many would say it's about time a woman was made the first citizen of the country. Patil is a new entrant to the ladies club in Indian politics, which till now is known for the likes of Sonia Gandhi, Mayawati, Jayalalitha and Mamata Bannerjee. Mayawati has done things few dream of and even fewer achieve. A Dalit woman who bridged the divide between the Dalits and Brahmins in caste-torn Uttar Pradesh single-handedly has won India's largest and most complex state. And at the core of the country's power Centre is UPA chief Sonia Gandhi. Her critics may bring up the issue of her foreign origin time and again, but she has in fact played the role of the sacrificing Indian woman by giving up the Prime Minister's office and an office of profit. Down South, there is Amma, waiting in the wings, for the right moment. Unfazed by allegations of corruption, her’s is the government that invariably returns to power every five-years in Tamil Nadu. Like Jayalalitha, another woman with a never-say-die attitude is West Bengal's didi Mamata Bannerjee. The maverick of Indian politics, she is a one-woman opposition to an entire red army. Nandigram was just an example of what she can achieve. Like herself, her political career too has been volatile. Sparks that have ended up in embers but the flames get re-ignited every time. It's the year when Indian women have conquered the world of business Indira Nooyi and the world beyond Sunita Williams. So why should politics be any different.

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