Most controversial women politicians in India

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 29 June 2011, 12:07 Hrs   |    38 Comments
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Bangalore: Today women in India have ventured in every sector and not only have been achieving great heights but have been able to dominate in each one. Politics is one field where today's women have attracted the most eyeballs. The World's largest democracy has been one of the primary countries who witnesses a meager women participation in the political field and India felled in the lowest quartile with respect to the number of women in parliament with 9.1 percent in 14th Lok Sabha with respect to other countries like Rawanda (56.7 percent), south Africa (44.5 percent), UN's 2008 survey of women in politics. The Congress party, led by a woman and supposedly pushing for reservation for women, has only 10 per cent of women among the candidates announced so far. For the BJP the proportion of women candidates is even lower at 7 per cent.

The rise of women in politics became even more significant with the emergence of some of the most controversial women in Indian politics.

Although as per the statistics and number India lacks far behind in women participation in politics but still India has produced women politicians who has always able to snatch the limelight and grabbed the headlines from her male counterparts and have kept them on their toes with their controversial statements.

Here are some of the most controversial women politicians that we have brought forth for our readers.


Mayawati is controversy favorite child and she caught the eyeballs with a controversial statement, where she mentioned B R Ambedkar and not Mahatma Gandhi, who worked to erase caste from Indian society. She went on to say that Gandhi's use of the term Harijan was against the Constitution. She further state that Gandhi tried to divide society into two groups and even gave a name to the weaker sections. ''He called them Harijans which is against the Constitution. In the Indian Constitution, the weaker sections are called Scheduled Castes and Tribes,'' said Mayawati, Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh.

In Jan 2008 she sent euphoria in the Tollywood actors by commenting that film stars were good for 'song and dance' and not for public service. Veteran producer and former NFDC (National Film Development Corporation) Chairman LV Prasad, demanded that she seek apology from the Telugu film industry in 48 hours. In 2008 Forbes magazine named her as one of the world's most powerful women. Mayawati has also grabbed news for investing huge money on statue construction which created huge hue and cry in the state.

She is famous for her controversial speech especially during her election campaigns. She tells them that she is proud to have been born into a Dalit family. Her speech follows the popular line where she says, "I am the daughter of a Chamar (a Dalit). I am a Chamar. I am yours."

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