Is India now living on woman power? The most powerful Indian is a woman – Sonia Gandhi, chief of the ruling Congress party. India’s President is a woman. The speaker of the parliament and the leader of the opposition are women.
Mayawati, a Dalit (untouchable) woman rules India’s most populous and politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh. The urbane Sheila Dikshit rules the capital, Delhi. And last week, Mamata Banerjee created history by overthrowing a over three-decade long Communist government in Bengal to take charge of the state. Together, these three formidable women rule directly over a third of India’s people.
Most of these women are influential politicians in their own right, and Ms Banerjee and Mayawati belong to the fast vanishing tribe of mass leaders.