In a land where women are considered docile, weak and submissive, history stands witness to the fact that women have rose up against all odds, broke the social barriers and emerged as leaders. From the warrior Rani Laxmi Bai to the innocuous Indira Gandhi at least one woman has inspired an entire generation. We at The Royale wish to pay our tribute to such women on the International Woman’s Day and highlight the luminaries who have been an inspiration for the modern generation.
1. SANIA NEHWAL
Hail! The Queen of Indian Badminton for single handedly shouldering the responsibility of making India a force to reckon with in Badminton. The feisty 24 year old lady from Hyderabad has taken the Indian badminton to the pinnacle of glory as she became the first Indian woman to tame the might of the mighty Red Dragons.
Her passion and dedication for the game has led her to win several trophies and medals at the global stage, prominent among them being the Bronze Medal at 2012 London Olympics and the Gold Medal at the 2010 Delhi Common Wealth Games. In spite of all the laurels and awards she has won on and off the court, her humble nature and her calm demeanor has inspired a billion youngsters to take up the sport. We give her a grand salute on this Woman’s Day as a mark of recognition to her contribution to the Indian sports.inspiration for the modern generation.
2. INDRA NOOYI
The Iron woman of Pepsico is an inspiration for women across the globe. Her story is truly remarkable; from being a shy little girl born and bought up in a humble South-Indian family in Chennai she went to to become the CEO of one the leading food and beverages companies in the world, Pepsico. In 2014, she was ranked 14th in the Forbe’s World’s 100 most powerful woman.
In 2007 she was awarded the coveted Padma Bushan for her achievement in the corporate field. She has set an example for all youngsters; she personifies the adage ‘Nothing is Impossible.’
3. KIRAN DESAI
She has received the Man Booker Prize for her book, ‘The Inheritance of Loss’, and is one of the noted stalwarts of Indian Literature. The book also won her the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award in 2006.
Being the daughter of Anita Desai, it was only inevitable that she became a name to look up to in the world of literature. She has carried the legacy of Indian literature with ease.
4. MASABA GUPTA
The 25 year old fashion designer has etched herself as one of the leading fashion designers in India today. Noted for her unconventional prints and feminine drapes and silhouettes she has carved a niche of her own in the Indian fashion world.
Daughter of the legendary West Indian Cricketer, Vivian Richards and the noted Indian actress, Neena Gupta she has the distinction of being the youngest designer to unveil her line of collection at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in 2010. Since she made her debut with her first collection, ‘Kattran’ at the Lakme Fashion Week, she has gone from strength to strength and today her collection, ‘Masaba’ is a hit among the Bollywood Stars and even International celebrities. For all her achievements in her short career so far, the youngster has well earned the respect and recognition she deserves!!!
5. AGATHA SANGMA
For a long time the rest of India has conveniently ignored North East India, I am so glad that statement is not true anymore. Thanks, to the emergence of Agatha Sangma, who compelled every Indian citizen to sit-up and take note of the North East Indians as she became the youngest minister in the council of ministers of the 15th Lok Sabha.
A law graduate from the Pune University and with a master’s degree In Environmental Management, she is one of the most qualified members of parliament. She proactively promotes the rural development in Meghalaya and while she isn’t donning the MP hat she loves photography.
6. KIRAN BEDI
The Iron Woman of India, Kiran Bedi needs no introduction. The First and Highest (woman) ranked Indian Police Service (IPS) officer championed the various reforms for the betterment of the inmates at the Tihar Jail.
Her efforts won her the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1994. She also has the honor of being the first woman to be appointed as the United Nations civilian police adviser. Before joining politics she has been a social activist, author, host and even a national junior tennis championship..