A number of controversial female leaders in India, particularly women of colour, have had a difficult time escaping the censure of society, despite their prominent roles in the country’s history and politics.
While it is rare for a woman to be given a standing ovation in India’s parliament or be given the right to run for the presidency, several of these women have had an equally difficult time finding a place in Indian society.
The list of prominent women with controversial views includes the countrys most prominent feminist leader, Madhav Kishore, who is known for her controversial statements, as well as the prominent women who are seen as anti-national, including the late women’s rights activist Indira Gandhi and former Prime Minister Indira Jaising.
“The list of women who have faced criticism in the past is rather long.
Many of these people are not well known in the public discourse, but their voices are still heard.
A few of them have had their names mentioned in print books, and have gone on to become popular figures,” said Sitaram Yechury, professor of sociology at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.
The most controversial Indian women who were prominent in the 1960s to the 1980s, who have received the most public condemnation over their views.
The most controversial female leader, Indira Ghandi, was a feminist who became the first female prime minister of India in 1977.
Ghandis anti-Naxalite remarks and anti-Muslim remarks have been heavily criticized in the years since.
In the 1970s, Indirabhadra Bose, a renowned writer and activist, was assassinated by a Hindu extremist.
A number later of her books were banned in India for inciting communal hatred.
Indira A. Nehru, the country s first female president, was killed by an Indian Muslim terrorist in 1987.
In 1990, Indian Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was killed in a plane crash on a diplomatic flight.
Indiram Thakur, a popular television personality and the first woman president of the World Economic Forum, was shot dead in 1995.
Indiana Karunanidhi, an influential actress and a leading member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, was raped and killed in 1996.
And Indira Padma Shri, the then-prime minister of the then independent India, was allegedly murdered in 2008.
In her book, India’s First Feminist, published in 2008, the journalist and author Sitaraman Das describes how the country had a very different history with the female leaders of the 1960 and 1970s.
“The country was divided in two by the caste system and the gender-based violence.
Women were not empowered in any way, except through their sexuality.
The political system was dominated by men, and in their absence, women did not have any real voice.
In fact, the only woman who could really speak for the women was the one who had to go into the male dominated political arena.
But in a way, this silence has allowed the society to forget about these women’s voices,” Das said.
Kishore’s controversial statements have been condemned by both her followers and critics in India.
“She is one of the most famous female leaders who has faced criticism and has been subjected to abuse and discrimination in the name of feminism.
But she is not the only prominent Indian politician who has been labelled a feminist.
A large number of women leaders have faced similar criticism, but it has also been a long time since they have faced any sort of criticism,” said Kishoret, who lives in Bengaluru.”
Even in the last few decades, women’s leaders in different parts of the country have faced a lot of criticism.
It is a long road, but one that I think will continue,” said M.M. Singh, professor at Jawad University in Bengal.
India is one the most gender-segregated countries in the world.
However, this can be attributed to the fact that women have traditionally dominated politics in India since the country was founded in 1947.
While the first women elected to the parliament in India were women, the first politician to serve as president was an elected female governor of Madhya Pradesh in 1962.
In 1984, women were the only women to become prime ministers in the Indian parliament.
Women are now the second largest group in India after men.
However these days, women are not only the only group to be seen in the Parliament, but also in state legislatures, and also in various local bodies like municipal corporations and council chambers.
Women in India have been elected to many important positions in various Indian states and governments, including in the upper house of the parliament, the lower house of parliament and in the lower House of the Supreme Court.