Why India Needs a Powerful Woman Leader, Now

Margaret Thatcher's recent demise and the country gearing up to pay the leader a funeral with military honours, makes me realise that we haven't seen a strong female leader figure in ages now. At least not after Indira Gandhi in India. We may have Angela Merkel in Germany, but India desperately needs a strong female leader and now.

We need a woman leader because of the increasing crime rates against woman. Not that it will reduce crime rates dramatically, but only a woman leader can push the bill for severe punishment for those convicted for crimes against women.

Because as a whole, our attitude as a society and a nation towards women needs to change. We are if anything being regressive with spiritual leaders suggesting mantras as a device to prevent rape and sexual assault more or less being the woman's fault.

We need an inspiring leader to wake us up from our dormant states; be an inspiration not just for other women to take control of their lives but also for the youth of the nation who really want to see changes in their nation.

It would be refreshing to see Mayawati, Mamta Banerjee, Irom Sharmila or Sushma Swaraj to run for Prime Minister. Why? Because Mayawati has been the Chief Minister of India's most populated state and she practically a goddess for dalit or untouchables of the country. Mamta Banerjee is the first woman Chief Minister of Bengal and the former Railway Minister was on the Time's most influential list. Irom Sharmila maybe the fiery force the country needs. She has been fighting a silent battle against the Indian government to repel the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958 which according to her is the reason for violence in Manipur and other parts of the North East and says she will continue the fight, come what may. Sushma Swaraj was the youngest cabinet minister at the age of 25 years in 1977. She was one of the leaders campaigning against the Emergency. Her terms as Minister of I&B, Education Minister and Minister of Labour Haryana have been fairly controversy-free and she was the first Chief Minister of Delhi in 1998.

Don't you think a strong female leader would do our country a lot of good? Wouldn't it be a refreshing change to have women leaders demand change, lead protests, put words into action? With the West respecting women leaders and giving them equal opportunities, a woman leader in India will put us in different perspective in their eyes too. Even Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge let it slip that the future monarch of England could be a woman. Clearly, the progress of our nation and of the world lies with the progress of woman in every way. Time for another 'iron lady' to rise and shine?

Please leave a comment and tell me what you think.


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