I might have as well put this post in the wonderful woman series, but I will not because I do not think she is all that wonderful. But she is one lucky lady. And I thank heavens for her luck. I feel good that she is so lucky so as to be the First Woman President of India. The lady is the typical Indian grandmother kind of lady and I somehow find it very interesting to see her travel all over the world, meeting all sorts of people and flying in Sukhois :). I like the whole idea. I almost relish it. If only she had been more substantial, I would be elated.
Now, I would like to tell you why I am writing a post suddenly about Pratibha Patil. Apart from the fact that it is her 75th birthday today, I saw a pic of her celebrating it with some special kids and it evoked some kind of appreciation for her from me. (Pic is taken from The Hindu)
The love and the tenderness with which she is feeding the kid can be seen and felt from the honest smile on her face. She seems really glad. And when I saw this pic I thought of other women in Politics, women from US and UK and other developed and white nations, and I was unable to imagine such honest care being put forward by any of those. They seen kind of artificial to me. I dont know. I just felt that this was a good pic and so I not only put it here but wrote a post about it.
Whew ! By the way, wish you a very very happy Birthday Miss President!!!
I was just wondering and it struck me that at this point of time, women in politics are pretty major players. Off course, south Asia has been a leader in producing women politicians but now the west is also joining in. In France, a woman leader fought for the prime minister position, Angela Merkel is the Chancellor of Germany, all know that Hillary Clinton is fighting for the post of President of USA (which is apparently the position of ultimate world domination), Benazir Bhutto was pretty much in the race and would have been has she not been killed.
What I am although most excited about is the status of Indian politics where our President is Pratibha Patil ( even if merely a puppet figure, she is THE president of India), Congress Leader is the most visible invisible hand behind the Prime Minister chair. Then the Chief Minister of Delhi is Sheila Dixit, CM of UP is Mayawati and CM of Rajasthan is Vasundhara Raje Schindia. Mamta Bannerjee and Uma Bharti are also very active politically. And who can forget the firebrand Sushma Swaraj? So, it seems to me Indian politics is coming of age slowly, slowly. We are still pretty far from equal participation but I must say that we have always been leaders in this aspect. What with Indira Gandhi being the first woman prime minister and Sarojini Naidu being the Congress party leader long before other countries were even thinking of it. Only Margaret Thatcher came near but she was also a few years late. Anyway, I so wish that there be some other woman Prime Minister in this country but no one seems to be even near it other than Sonia Gandhi who would not take the post. I am a good candidate though,I think 😛 hahahaha
It all just makes me so happy to think that I was born a woman in independent India at this time and age. Opportunities are endless and calling from all directions. There is so much to do, so much to sow. I better do something in my own way.