The normal representation of Indian women is that of a loving mother, a dutiful wife, an obedient daughter and someone who stays at home, completes all the chores at home, is an all-forgiving figure and is selfless. But the truth is that with time, these women have transgressed from being a nobody lost in the crowd to a somebody who people revere and respect; someone with a name and a designation that is more than just a relationship tag.
This liberalization of women in this country is not a recent activity; it had started way back when ladies like the Rani of Jhansi, Pritilata Waddedar, Usha Mehta and Sarojini Naidu toiled sweat and blood with others of the same league to free India. There is hardly an Indian soul who is unaware of the Rani of Jhansi. An independent India saw leaders like Indira Gandhi, Aruna Asaf Ali and Sucheta Kriplani. They showed how a saree clad woman could do more than cooking, cleaning and raising kids and become great leaders to govern a country. As time passed, the women of India started to venture into several other fields. Though not originally from India, Mother Teresa accepted this country as her own and gave a home to several homeless kids, setting an example before the others about social service. But this was just the beginning as Nirupama Rao shone bright as she assumed the role of the Indian ambassador to the USA after holding positions like the Indian foreign secretary and the Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka. There are also ladies like Kiran Bedi who emerged as a solid rock and turned around the police force by introducing corrective measures in the prisons and giving a new meaning to the infamous convicts. But if you thought that the ladies were only running the show in the political and administrative scenario, you will be awed to learn that their prowess is in diverse fields.
There are several ladies who have found a place in the sun in fields of science, music, dance, painting, literature, sports, fashion, beauty and entertainment. Names like Mallika Sarabhai, Indra Nooyi, Kalpana Chawla, Arundhati Ray, Shehnaz Hussain, Mira Nair, Sania Mirza, Aishwarya Rai, Anoushka Shankar, Sonal Mansingh, Gurinder Chaddha and Jhumpa Lahiri so prominent in the international horizon that it is a no brainier that these women are not typecasts. Indian women have woken up to a whole new world of education and enlightenment and that is what has given them the strength to evolve and
become self sufficient. They are not just famous, they are inspirations to hundreds of women out there.
Though the treatment of village women differ from that of urban women, these ladies present a ray of hope and give a reason to look forward to development.