Women in the corporate world in India
Indu Jain of Bennett Coleman, India's biggest media house, have even reached billionaire status.
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw started one of India's first biotech companies, Biocon
Lalita Gupte and Kalpana Morparia : Both were the only businesswomen in India who run India's second-largest bank, ICICI Bank
Anu Aga turned around an ailing company, the engineering firm Thermax Group
Simone Tata built one of the first indigenous cosmetic brands, Lakme, now a unit of Hindustan Lever
Priya Paul became the president of Apeejay Surrendra Group at the age of 24 when her father was assassinated in 1990
Sulajja Firodia Motwani, managing director of Kinetic Motor, has ensured that in the past six years her company has collaborated with firms in Korea, Italy
and Taiwan and has helped it grow from a niche moped maker to a manufacturer
of a full range of two wheelers and auto components.
Women with a great regard in society
Sunita L. Williams
L. Williams made history when she became the second woman of Indian origin
after Kalpana Chawla to walk in space. It was the culmination of a long journey for Sunita after being selected by NASA in June 1998
for a space mission as a flight engineer on the International Space Station. After six years of training, Sunita took off on the space
shuttle Discovery on December 9, 2006 and now second time in space for about 6 months.
Sunita started off her career as a helicopters and aeroplane pilot, and applied to NASA after logging in 2,770 hours in the cockpits of as
many as 30 different aircraft. Born to a Gujarati father, Dr Deepak Pandya and Bonnie, of Yugoslavian descent, Sunita is proud of her
Indian roots. She took along with her an idol of Ganesha, a copy of the Bhagavad Gita and samosas to eat in space. An animal lover, Sunita
says she would have been a veterinarian if she hadn’t become an astronaut.
Sania Mirza has ventured where no
Indian woman had gone before. She planted herself firmly in the annals of Indian sporting history when she became the first Indian woman to
win a WTA singles title at the Hyderabad Open in 2005. The same year, she also became the first Indian woman to reach the fourth round of a
Grand Slam Tournament at the US Open. Today, Sania is among the Top 50 woman
tennis players in the world - yet another first for an Indian woman.
Sania had an early start in competitive tennis, picking up a tennis racquet at the age of six. She turned pro at the tender age of 13, and
hasn’t looked back since. Sania is the ultimate poster girl of the Indian media. She is admired for daring to be different, wearing her
attitude on her sleeve. She’s often seen in T-shirts with lines that say “I’m cute, no shit”, “Well-behaved women rarely
make history”, and “You either agree with me or you’re wrong”.
Her greatest inspiration, she says, is when a girl comes to her and
says “I picked up a tennis racquet because of you”. She’s certainly an inspiration for any Indian girl
Mamta Benerjee CM of WB who
ends 34 years of Left rule in West Bengal.
Jayalalithaa's single point campaign plank was to end the "family rule"
of the DMK