B eing powerful is a mindset. It is something we have to achieve and earn. It takes courage to do things differently and to stand up for what you believe. But again for girls in India, it has always been difficult. The discrimination still exists in some parts of India and the struggle continues. There are some brave Indian girls who took up all the challenges that came in their way and did things that were a class apart. Fighting with the terrorists, protecting their nation, standing up for your birth rights are some of the examples of extraordinary things that these courageous women did. Undaunted by the hindrances that came in their way, these women stood firm on the decisions they had taken. And as it is rightly said that where there is a will, there is a way, these women persevered, stood there unshaken, made their ways through everything and achieved what they deserved. Some of the women mentioned below, also received the most prestigious awards for their bravery. Ashoka Chakra Award (Neerja Bhanot), United Nations Medal (Kiran Bedi), Padma Vibhushan (Captain Lakshmi Sehgal), are few of them. These Indian women had the nerve to do things what they believed were right. They did ordinary things differently and made the nation proud. For more inspiring stories like this, follow us on Twitter.
This 42-year-old is on her hunger strike against AFSPA since 2000; Irom has proved that it takes courage and perseverance to stand up for your rights and fight for it. Irom is force fed through nasogastric intubation and has been in and out of hearings in court on the charge of attempted suicide.
This Indian flight attendant will remain in our hearts forever. She is a real hero and showed her heroism by saving innocent lives from hijackers. She sacrificed her life at the tender age of 22 and received Ashoka Chakra for her act of bravery.
This young Intelligence officer, Lieutenant Ganeve Lalji became the first woman to be appointed as a key aide to an Army Commander. Lt Lalji has recorded several achievements during her Young Officers course in Pune.
This retired IPS officer is currently an Indian politician as well as a social activist. She played an active role in India Against Corruption and recently joined the Bhartiya Janata Party to continue serving the nation.
This Indian boxer has been a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships. Hats off Mary!
From being a doctor to an officer in Indian Army, this great lady will always be remembered for her brave acts in the Indian independence movement.
Saalumarada, an Indian environmentalist from Karnataka, has planted and is taking care of 384 Banyan trees along a four-kilometer stretch of highway. Her phenomenal work has been honoured with the National Citizen's Award of India.
A.k.a Human-Computer earned herself a place in the Guinness Book of World Records when she multiplied two 13-digit numbers and correctly answered the solution in just 28 seconds.
Just at the age of 27, this woman became the first Lady officer of the IPS from Kerala. She is also an author and has served as managing director for Public Sector organisations in Kerala.
Rukhsana attacked Laskar-E-Taiba militant leader at her residence, using an axe and AK47 rifle. She got awarded with the India National Bravery Award for the same. We are so proud of you Rukhsana!
This Chennai girl became the first woman in the history of the Indian Army, who got awarded with the prestigious Sword of Honour. It is the highest award given to a cadet at the Officers Training Academy. Feeling inspired already? Make sure you let the world know about these influential women by just sharing their story.
This lady from Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh is the founder of the popular Gulabi Gang.
She increased the sale of pink sarees in Uttar Pradesh by forming a social organisation which works solely for women welfare and empowerment. Feel free to share.