Powerful Indian Women - 2
A. Sonia Gandhi : The President of the Indian National Congress, she has already made a record of being the longest-serving President of the Congress party in its 125-year history. She has featured many times in the Forbes list of world’s most powerful women, as well as some other such prestigious lists as well. She has had an important role in making the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and the Right to Information law, implemented. Under her leadership, in 2009, Congress became the leading party with maximum seats in the general elections.
B. Padmashree Warrior : The chief Technology and Strategy Officer (CTO) of Cisco Systems, and the former CTO of Motorola, she has served the latter for 23 years. During her tenure, Motorola was awarded the 2004 National Medal of Technology by President George W.Bush. New York’s Polytechnic University awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2007. She has appeared in the Fortune Magazine, The Economic Times’ and other such lists of most powerful Indian women of contemporary times.
C. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw : The Chairman and Managing Director of Biocon Limited, it is she who, with her undaunted grit and determination has spearheaded the immense progress of the company. Not only did it become the first Indian company to manufacture and export enzymes to US and Europe within a year of its inception, but it also became the first Indian biotech company to receive US funding. Today, it is one of the supreme biotechnology enterprises owing to its world-scale manufacturing and marketing activities, hi-tech services etc. Biocon Foundation, started by her in 2004, is associated with numerous charitable activities. She has received many national and international awards and recognition, apart from being listed amongst the world’s most powerful women by Forbes.
D. Ekta Kapoor : Arguably the most familiar name in the world of television (and now, films), she has elevated small-screen entertainment to newer heights altogether! Her production company, Balaji Telefilms has produced numerous television serials and movies, and her soap operas have been the most popular ones in Indian drawing-rooms. They have also won her many awards as the Joint Managing Director and Creative Director of the Company. The years 2010 and 2011 also saw her basking in the successes of her critically and commercially well-received movies – Once Upon a Time in Mumbai, Shor in the City, The Dirty Picture etc.
E. Jayalalitha : The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, she has been a popular actor of Indian cinema previously, having acted in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam films. She joined the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in 1982 and is currently its general secretary. She had been elected as a member of the Rajya Sabha from Tamil Nadu during the period 1984-89. She has been felicitated with several honorary doctorates and other awards. She has had a sterling role to play in the over-all development of Tamil Nadu, especially in the industrial and economic sectors.
The contributions of these illustrious women in diverse fields are indeed an inspiration for the women of our country. They should aspire to follow their footsteps and touch the pinnacles of glory!