Grandma's Tales

May 11, 2007

Why not a woman President for India? 3

Filed under: Government,Society — Geeta Padmanabhan @ 7:26 am

Zeya has a couple of names for the post of Prez. Here they are. (Hey Zeya, these are very interesting options. Thanks for writing in!)
I would vote for Kiran Bedi.. I have huge respect for her guts and sincerity in bringing the best changes in her each role.
Next one which appeals to me is , Arundharti Roy. Woman has a real passion for helping the poor and she has a name in World.

For more than a year I wrote a weekly column for The Hindu Metro Plus. My topic was “Woman of the Week”. All these women are Chennai-based and have contributed to Chennai life in very different and unique ways.  If you guys are interested I’d love to give thumbnail sketches of some of them in this blog.
The point is, I always asked them who their role models were. This is a cliched question and I didn’t quote them in my write-ups. But a majority of them said Kiren Bedi was the woman who inspired them. In my classes, high school girls repeatedly talk about her quoting the same qualities that Zeya mentions. I don’t know if Ms. Bedi is aware of this, but she has contributed enormously for women’s empowerment simply by being who she is – a woman of courage and integrity. And she took on one of the most corrupt departments in the country.
Arundhati Roy! A writer! Someone who believes in calling a spade a spade (or with her powerful pen, “a personalised eco-unit maintainence tool” :-))! How interesting! I can see her driving into Rashtrapathi Bhavan in a cloud of controversy. She’s bound to write a new chapter in Indian history. Indian Presidency would never be the same again.


  1. Kiran Bedi is great choice… Arundharti Roy, is with strong political view…

    both are very strong inspiring individuals (who happen to be woman too).. but Politics and Political leader(man) EGO’s will not let any active strong personal to be president. they want someone is show but to be inactive, which i dont think both these personal can/will do.

    interesting thought for sure.

    Comment by yuva — May 11, 2007 @ 2:38 pm | Reply

  2. myreaders
    Next President of India – who is … , International Reporter, Vol XXXII(No 6), Jun 2007, …

    Comment by R C Chakraborty, — June 15, 2007 @ 3:43 am | Reply

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