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IN People ON 19 Dec, 2014
Even in 21st century Indian women are percieved to be claded in saree and homely and submissive in nature. Wild and carefree are something still not the forte of women in India - or at least that is what everyone thinks of.
But these 15 women who are born Indian and totally desi by heart reminds us everytime that Indian women can too be inspirational and popular and homely and loving and what not... all at the same time.
Cheers to the Indian feminine spirit!!! :)
Better not go to the motherly look in the pic since hidden is a sharp contrary image of strong-willed and determinant woman who made a great career out of politics and had quite significant achievements in her bag. Sister of J.L.Nehru she was a skilfully writer alongside the first woman President of UN General Assembly in 1953
At an young age of 22, Harita Kaur Deol became the first Indian woman pilot to fly solo in Indian Air Force on 2nd September, 1994
Looking stunningly photogenic in saree Homai Vyarawalla brought a revolution by entering the black and white world. She photographed several significant personalities such as Nehru and Indira Gandhi. Known as Dalda 13 she was awarded Padma Vibhusan in 2011, the 2nd highest civilian award of Republic of India.
Topper of her batch in Indian Armed Forces, Punita Arora is the first woman to don the hat of 2nd highest rank in Indian Armed Forces - Lieutenant General.
in 1966, Reita Faria was crowned Miss World, becoming the 1st Indian as well as Asian to win the title.
Often compared to Greta Garbo, and also dearly called as Mahanayika of Bengali cinema Suchitra Sen left her acting career and never faced the camera ever again also defying public appearances of any kind . Responsible for the Golden Era of Bengali cinema Sen refused Dadasaheb Phalke award abiding by her principle - a dare step in a world where every celebrity is craving for limelight and is insecure about his/her position.
The first Indian woman in Space Kalpana Chawla belongs to a fairy tale story with a tragic ending. Nonetheless she indeed created history and left her imprints over the hearts and minds of all.
Born to Indian father Sunita Williams is a NASA astronaut who hold the record for longest walk on space by any woman in world.
At the tender age of 16, Laxmi became the victim of acid attacks which disfigured her face completely. Instead of blaming her fate she chose to fight back and rekindle her life. She is an activist whose efforts lead to the ban of acids in India; she also the recipient of International Women of Courage Award awarded by US 1st Lady Michelle Obama. Might be a recent entry but this girl surely created history securing a safe place in most inspiring Indian women of all times in my views. Hats off!!!
For the 1st time a woman was not ashamed and came out to speak against the men who raped her - a rare scene in the villages of 1992 Rajasthan. Taking up the cause of preventing child marriage Bhanwari Devi was brutally raped as a consequence. But she fought back shaping the women's movement in Rajasthan encouraging several others to come out against rape and demand justice.
That quote tells all. Sarojini Naidu, a woman who fought against all odds to fight for Indian independence was the 1st woman to become the governor of an Indian state, Agra and Oudh.
A rape survivor herself, Sunitha Krishnan surely deserves a mention in this list. Founder of NGO Prajwala she stands as the courage for all the girls out there who stand today on the edge of societal vulnerability. The organization pays for 5000 children's education infected with HIV/AIDS apart form providing assistance to sex workers.
Now a social activist, Kiran Bedi took the nation and the world with storm in 1972 when she became the first woman IPS officer. During her reign she made quite an impact and created a reign of terror for all jackass out there also making significant decent changes for the jail inmates.
Usually considered an area of men as they are the only creatures to be that much intellectual to understand the twist and turns of science and body, Kadambani Ganguly broke all stereotypes by becoming first graduate in medicine from India and entire British Empire, along with Chandramukhi Bsu. She was also the first female physician trained in western medicine.
Ageing gracefully - this term perfectly fits to this Bong beauty who created history by becoming the 1st Indian ever to win the Miss Universe title in 1994.
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