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  2. Famous Women of India This is a list of Indian women, or of women who lived in India. Poets and writers 1. Kamala Das 2.Sarojini Naidu 3.Taslima Nasrin 4.Mamta Sagar 5.Mahadevi Verma poems by Mahadevi Verma 6.Subhadra Kumari Chauhan poems by Subhadra Kumari Chauhan 7.Anita Desai 8.Kiran Desai 9.Shama Futehally 10.Shashi Deshpande 11.Arundhati Roy 12.Bapsi Sidhwa 13.Gita Hariharan 14.Saroj Pathak 15.Kamala Desai 16.Sulekha Sanyal 17.Kabita Sinha 18. Nabaneeta Dev Sen 19.Sabitri Roy 20.Kamala Markandeya 21.Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni 22.Jhumpa Lahiri Religious leaders, philanthropists and philosophers # Gargi Vachnavi (female sage in Brihadaranyaka Upanisad) # Sulabha (philosopher and sage in the Mahabharata) # Alexandra David-Néel (author of "L'Inde ou j'ai vécu") # Sri Sarada Devi # Lalleshvari 14th century # Amritanandamayi # Mirabai 16th century # Akka Mahadevi 12th century # Andal Goda # Mother Meera # The Mother # Sister Nivedita # Sahajo # Helena Blavatsky # Annie Besant # Helena Roerich # Rani Rashmoni Devi (built the Dakshineshvar temple) Music 1.Asha Bhosle 2.Lata Mangeshkar 3.M. S. Subbulakshmi Actors and directors 1.Deepa Mehta director 2.Moon Moon Sen actor 3.Preity Zinta 4.Pooja Bedi 5.Pooja Bhatt 6.Aishwarya Rai 7.Kajol Mukherjee 8.Rani Mukherjee 9.Smita Patil 10.Rekha 11.Padmini Kolhapure 12.Juhi Chawla 13.Sridevi Rulers and queens 1.Queen Ahalyabai Holkar 1725-95 2.Tarabai wife of Rajaram, Shivaji's son, and leader 3.Begum Hazrat Mahal 4.Kota Rani 14th century, Kashmir 5.Rani Durgavati 16th century 6.Rani Lakshmi Bai (Joan of Arc of India) 7.Rani Chennamma of Kittur 1778 - 1829 8.Rani Avantibai 19th century Leaders and politicians 1.Indira Gandhi 2.Anna Mascarenha 3.Mamata Banerjee 4.Jayalalitha 5.Uma Bharati 6.Sonia Gandhi Activists 1. Medha Patkar
  3. The top 10 women power politicians of India have nothing to do with Indian women populace. They may not even be aware Indian women exist. They may not have done anything for Indian women. There may not be any change in the status of women in the Indian society. But still they find themselves in this power list. They have not only survived in this male bastion, they have carved a niche for themselves. They have beaten men at their own game. Remember Maya – Mulayam, Jaya – Karunanidhi, etc etc. Some rose due to their mentors, some by virtue of being close to the powers that be and some are grassroots one especially Mamata Benerjee. These women have the staying power by striking poses and courting media. Of course, being Miss Moneybags too. They have left men far behind. They are wooman. Mayawati Naina Kumari: (53) Undoubtedly, Behenji is numero uno. Born a Dalit, she got educated to be a teacher. But destiny had other plans for her in the form of her political mentor Kanshi Ram and she joined BSP in 1984. Rest, as they say, is history. Her rise has been meteoric. She is the highest tax-paying Indian politician. The last heard of, she had paid 26 crore only in taxes. But then, she ends up making a neat packet of around Rs 75 crore. Let’s not talk about corruption here. She is present day’s Indira Gandhi. She rules with an iron hand. Never one to give in, she showed Mulayam Singh the stuff she was made of. This woman of steel has been the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh four times. And the fifth time, she may as well be the Prime Minister of India. You have come a long way baby. What say others? Sonia Gandhi: (62) In her country of birth Italy, she may not be well known but in her adopted country India, every son/daughter of the soil will know her. All due to her being married into the most powerful political family of India. No patch on Indira, she is here by her sole matrimonial virtue. And her contribution to Indian politics is Ottavio Quattrocchi. She is so close to Q that in April 2009 the Interpol removed the red-corner notice issued against Q after a request from the CBI. Q is the key to billions in Bofors kickbacks. But let’s not talk about corruption. Were it not for Rahul, she may end up proposing Massimo (Q’s son) as the future PM. (Indians, do you read this?) Massimo visits India frequently, and runs an office in Bangalore. India has been ruled by foreign powers most of the times - Mughals, British and now de facto (corrupt) Italians! She claims to have assets worth Rs. 1.38 crore and she paid under Rs 6 lakh in taxes. She doesn’t even own a car or a house. But why should she? She owns the Indian National Congress. Sheila Dixit: (71) No doubt, she has scored a hat-trick by being the CM of Delhi for the third time. Extremely well-educated and wedded into an influential family, one wonders how she survives in dirty politics. But then ‘yes madaming’ Sonia Gandhi has its own benefits. Dixit has improved Delhi roads but then she doesn’t have a clue about law and order in Delhi. Crime has risen especially against women. Doesn’t reflect much on this ‘woman’ CM. And let’s not talk about money and taxes here. Ms Dixit may not know them. Sushma Swaraj: (57) BJP’s most prominent female politician, much was expected from her. Sadly, she became a petty rabble rouser. Otherwise, she has pretty clean record. Of course, she was the first woman CM of Delhi. She should be given the lifetime achievement award for threatening to shave her head, don a white saree and eat groundnuts (symbolically mourning) if Sonia Gandhi became the PM. How the ‘mighty’ fall? Mamata Banerjee: (54) She is the founder of Trinamool (Grassroots) Congress Party. Simple, sober and clean, she should be the right choice to occupy the top slot. But then didi doesn’t believe in top but the roots. If she could cut down on her innumerable protests, she could lead the nation with her clean image. It matters big time. Vasundhara Raje: (56) Everything was handed to her on a platter by virtue of being born in a royal family. She didn’t have to struggle. Good. Otherwise becoming the first woman CM of a feudal Rajasthan would have been an achievement worth lauding. Now as an ex-CM, wonder what the future has in store for her? National politics, eh! Uma Ragini Bharti: (50) The sexy sanyasin too has come a long way. She played a prominent role in Ayodhya movement. From being the CM of Madhya Pradesh to Hubli riot case, she has been there, done that. Breaking away from the BJP has been neither here nor there. So, what next! Perhaps, Ram Ram Japna. Think about it, Uma. J Jayalalithaa: (61) Her name spelling changes with the rise and fall of her political fortunes. Amma remains unmatched in corruption. Probably, Maya will give some decent competition to Jaya on this score. Never mind, corruption was never an issue. How could it be? It’s part and parcel of these great women’s lives. Despite formidable opposition, chiefly from Karunanidhi, this booty queen trampled it ruthlessly. She doesn’t brook any interference. She broke all records of money-making and lavish spending when she became the CM of Tamilnadu for the first time. From jail to Assembly hall, her journey has been marked with many ups and downs. And Amma’s second name is vengeance. Beware. Rabri Devi: (50) She is mainly here because she has been a rubber stamp de facto first woman CM of Bihar. What else she could be when Lalu was guiding her from across the jail. It is no small wonder that she lasted three terms as the CM. Can anyone lay claim to such a marvel? With no political acumen and nil education, she had the entire administration assisting her. Hats off, Rabri. You are cho chweet! Pratibha Devisingh Patil: (74) She is the first woman President of the Republic of India. Indeed an honour but does she deserves it? She wouldn’t have become the President without the strong backing of Sonia Gandhi. Patil’s credibility was always in doubt and her name has figured in several financial scams and other crimes. But then again, corruption among politicians shouldn’t be an issue anymore. She is definitely not the people’s choice. The less said the better about the gaffes she has made. It should be a matter of pride to write about the first woman President of India. Alas, that is not so. These are the ‘mighty’ women of Indian politics. Thank God, there are less than 10% of women in politics. One would be considered regressive to wish Indian women not to join politics at all considering these examples. (After all, we should encourage women to come up in all spheres of life.) But one wouldn’t mind being called regressive. Or we will forget what truly being a woman is?
  4. ENDURING BEAUTIES Meet the winsome beauties that heralded a new dawn of beauty pageants in India... They made the world sit up and take notice of their charm, beauty and intelligence. Here are the winners who brought home the three international beauty pageant titles — Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Earth (earlier Miss Asia-Pacific). Reita Faria Reita Faria Miss World 1966 This young medical student from Mumbai created history in 1966 by becoming the first Indian to be crowned Miss World. After enjoying a year of fame, she quit modeling and decided to concentrate more on her medical studies. In an interview Reita said, “I don’t regret my decision. I was just six months away from qualifying as a doctor when I won the Miss World title.” Married to David Powell, Reita now lives in Dublin, Ireland. She is a mother of two girls and has become a grandmother now. In 1977-78, Reita took a break from her career, assuming that she would resume her job after sometime. However, she changed her mind later on, as she loved spending time with her kids. “We did so many exciting things together. I learned the piano with them and even taught them cooking,” she said. Reita was one of the jury members at the Miss India pageant 1998. On a few occasions, she has also judged the Miss World competition. Zeenat Aman Zeenat Aman Miss Asia Pacific 1970 In 1970, Zeenat made India proud by bringing in the crown of Miss Asia Pacific International. She stood second in the Miss India contest that year. She is still remembered for her ‘bold & the beautiful’ onscreen image. Zeenat’s father was a Musilm and mother a Hindu, who was a German citizen. It seems Zeenat was destined to land in Bollywood as her father was one of the writers of some successful movies like Mughal-e-Azam . Zeenat and her mother shifted to Germany after her father’s death when she was in her early teens. She came back to India and did her graduation from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. She took up her first job as a journalist in Femina. After winning the Miss Asia Pacific title and enjoying her stint as a successful model, Zeenat decided to take the plunge in Bollywood. It was not too easy for her to establish herself in the industry. However, her fate changed after Dev Anand offered her Hare Rama Hare Krishna . Dum Maro Dum ... this song, pictutrised on her, became her calling card. In an era where most actresses preferred roles of a loyal lover or submissive wife, Zeenat picked up some really unconventional roles. Her stunning looks just added to the characters she played on the silver screen. Madhu Sapre Miss Universe 1992, 2nd runner up Madhu’s long legs, toned body, her duskiness and attitude made her one of the most coveted models of the Nineties. She represented India at the Miss Universe 1992 pageant and finished third. The final three contestants at the pageant were asked, ‘What is the first thing you would do if you were the head of your country?’ To this, Madhu answered, “I think the first thing I'll do is, I'll open up a big, the biggest sports track and field ground in India because I think we are lacking that and that's the first thing I'll do!” Madhu doesn’t regret losing the Miss Universe crown just by an inch and stands by what she said at the pageant. “Being a sports person I had suffered because we don't have the equipment and the grounds in India. Officials told us to be truthful while answering the questions and I did.” After Zeenat Aman in 1970, Madhu Sapre put India back on the victory path. Several Miss India winners bagged international titles after Madhu. She is married to Gian Maria, who lives in Italy. Madhu also keeps shuttling between Italy and India and is a prominent face in the glamour industry today. Sushmita Sen Sushmita Sen Miss Universe 1994 She stunned the universe. And shone on Manila. Euphoria gripped India on May 21, 1994, when for the first time ever an Indian girl was crowned Miss Universe, at Manila, Philippines. And, she was there at the pageant weeping, when she was being crowned the most beautiful woman in the universe. That's Sushmita Sen, Miss Universe 1994. It is not every day that an 18-year-old speaks of downtrodden children or explains the essence of womanhood. But this young belle from Delhi had the most compelling combination of beauty and brains. The young lady made a powerful impact in the first round itself by introducing herself as, " Namaste , I am Sushmita Sen from India, where love is the essence of life." In the final round of the beauty pageant, the question put to her was, "What is the essence of a woman?” to which she very craftily replied, "Just being a woman is God's gift". Followed by a spontaneous notion: "The origin of a child is a mother, a woman. She shows a man what sharing, caring, and loving is all about. That is the essence of a woman." The judges were enchanted with her replies. And they chose her, the youngest among the 77 contestants. Sushmita likes instrumental music, writes poetry and is fond of children. Today, she has directed her brilliance, energy and talent towards the Indian film industry. She made her debut in Dastak followed by Zor. But it was with her comic role in David Dhawan’s Biwi No.1 that she caught movie buff’s attention. Her biggest films so far has been Main Hoon Na , in which she was paired opposite Shah Rukh Khan and Main Aisa Hi Hoon in which she played a lawyer. Her life at present revolves around her adopted daughter Renee. Sushmita has taken the bold step of adopting a daughter and says her man will have to accept her daughter along with her. Aishwarya Rai Miss World 1994 Aishwarya Rai conquered the world, by claiming the Miss World title, in South Africa. Immediately after being crowned Miss World 1994, Aishwarya Rai spoke of her dream for peace for this world, and her desire to be an ambassador of peace during her one-year reign. What qualities should the Miss World 1994 embody? To this question at the pageant, she replied, “The Miss Worlds that we have had to date have been proof enough that they must have compassion for the underprivileged and not only to the people who have status and stature. We have to look beyond the barriers that man has set for ourselves — of nationality and colour. That would make a true person, a real person." Looking back at her life we find, her face launched a thousand shoots and almost as many ad campaigns. This constant quest for fresher, newer pastures has taken this ravishing beauty to where she is today — on top of the world. She finally entered films and stormed the silver screen. The best actress award for the film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam was the turning point of her film career. Then came Devdas for which she once more won the Filmfare Best Actress Award. Dhoom 2, Jodhaa Akbar, Sarkar Raj are some of her other successful films. No wonder she has maintained her place in the top league of actors for so many years. And with several big banner projects in her kitty, she is definitely going to be in the news for long. Fondly called Ash in the film circuit, she is married to actor Abhishek Bachchan. Manpreet Brar Manpreet Brar Miss Universe 1995, Ist runner up Manpreet won the Miss India contest in 1995 and justified her win by becoming the first runner up at the Miss Universe 1995. Miss USA Chelsi Smith won the Miss Universe title that year. Vivacious Manpreet Brar graduated from Lady Irwin College, Delhi. She was an honours student of Community Resource Management and Extension and also became the college president in the final year. After Aishwarya Rai and Sushmita Sen’s win in the previous year, everyone had high expectations from Manpreet. After the pageant she said, “I was going the very next year after Sushmita had won. Being the first runner up was the closest that I could have come to winning and for me that was a big achievement because I was going there against tremendous odds.” Along with some live shows and television, Manpreet took up a lot of modeling assignments after Miss Universe. Bollywood was never on her list and she says, “I never saw myself as that kind of person. Moreover it never excited me.” Manpreet, who believes in ‘surrender and acceptance, not struggle’, is a very spiritual person. For her, money is something that gives sense of security while it lasts. Manpreet is married to business tycoon Arjun Walia is truly enjoying marital bliss. Yukta Mookhey Miss World 1999 Her serenity and calm shone throughout the pageant. After winning the Miss World 1999 title, she told the media, “It is the best day of my life because I had this as a beautiful dream as a child and now it's come true...'' When asked whom she would like to emulate as a role model, she replied that she would like to be born as Hollywood actress, Audrey Hepburn, whom she admired for her "inner beauty, compassion and great aura. She told the judges that Thai food was her favourite and that she would love to go to France as, "It's a country of models and that's the place where I would like to be." The twenty-year-old girl from Mumbai was studying zoology at Kelkar College, prior to winning the crown. She has also studied classical music for three years. Yukta is an active member of BJP and contributes a lot for social causes. Yukta also tried her luck in films and did some Hindi and regional films. In 2008, Yukta tied the knot with Prince Tuli, a businessman. Lara Dutta Lara Dutta Miss Universe 2000 Lara Dutta describes her winning the Miss Universe title as being "a culmination of a dream." Lara impressed the judges with her answer to the final question of the contest: "What would you say to those who condemn the contest as an affront to women?” To which she replied, "Pageants like Miss Universe give us young women a platform to foray in the fields that we want to and forge ahead, be it entrepreneurship, be it the armed forces, be it politics". And added, "It gives us a platform to voice our choices and opinions and it makes us strong and independent that we are today." She was born in 1978, Ghaziabad, to Wg. Cdr. L.K. Dutta (retired) and Jennifer Dutta. In 1981, she moved to Bangalore with her parents, where she completed her schooling, and then shifted to Mumbai where she obtained a degree in economics. She enjoys outdoor sports like rock climbing and bungee jumping. She is trained in Indian classical dance and loves to read autobiographies. Before winning the crown, Lara was a leading fashion and print model. This dusky beauty is making waves in Indian film industry these days. Her maiden flick was Andaaz with Priyanka Chopra and Akshay Kumar. On her filmi career, Lara says “I’ve always wanted to do documentary films. That is what I plan to do eventually”. Lara bagged the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award for the same . No Entry, Billu, Blue, Do Knot Disturb are some of her other popular flicks. Priyanka Chopra Miss World 2000 Not only was she the audience's hot favourite, even the judges were impressed by the way, she spoke so effortlessly on behalf of humanity and charity. The eighteen-year-old girl from Bareilly beat 94 other lovely ladies to claim the Miss World 2000 title. As an answer to one of the questions asked at the pageant, she said, that she would use her success as "a platform to influence people's thoughts, minds and actions". Mother Teresa, she said, was someone "I admire from the bottom of my heart for being so considerate, passionate and kind ... giving up her life to put smiles on people's faces". In reply to another question that she was asked, she said, "I work best under pressure....” Priyanka was born in the family of doctors, Capt. Dr. Ashok Chopra & Dr. Madhu Chopra. She has a penchant for Indian music and dance, a flair for writing poetry and short stories, enjoys reading and theatre, and has worked for several social welfare programmes. Priyanka seems to have a mantra for success. Her career got off to a good start in Bollywood too. She made her debut in Anil Sharma's The Hero opposite Sunny Deol. Then came Andaz along with Lara Dutta and Akshay Kumar. Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Aitraaz, Waqt, Bluffmaster, Krrish, Don, Fashion, Dostana, Kaminey ...her list box office hits in Bollywood seems endless. For her role in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion Priyanka swept the Best Actress award at all the prominent award ceremonies in the country. Dia Mirza Dia Mirza Miss Asia Pacific 2000 Dia Mirza, a heavenly beauty from Hyderabad, won the prestigious Miss Asia Pacific title at the beauty pageant held in the year 2000, in Manila. Dia's victory created history. She is the second Indian contestant to be crowned Miss Asia Pacific and the first in 29 years. Lara Dutta bagged the Miss Universe title and Priyanka Chopra was declared Miss World in the same year. Dia’s win completed the hat trick, a rare record to match. Dia also won the Femina Miss Beautiful Smile title. The final and decisive question that was put to Dia was, "What are the three most important values that matter to you?” to which she replied, "Love, Honesty and Friendship", and with that answer, she had almost the entire audience rooting for her. Dia always dreamt of becoming a lawyer before winning the crown. She wanted to pursue her graduation in Arts but she had to postpone that. It became difficult for to strike a balance between traveling, modeling and preparing for her international pageant. To enhance her acting skills Dia took up a film course at the New York University. She likes dramatics and poetry, and is fond of Hyderabadi food. She is skilled in Urdu, Bengali, Hindi, English. Diya Mirza after winning the crown got a number of offers from Bollywood and made her foray into films. After beginning her Bollywood career with glamorous roles, Dia wants to do offbeat films as well. The audience really appreciated her work in films like Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein, Dus, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd, Shootout at Lokhandwala and Dus Kahaniyaan . Parvathy Omanakuttan Miss World 2008, Ist runner up Parvathy Omanakuttan represented India at the 58th Miss World pageant and finished first runner up. At the pageant, Parvathy earlier won the Miss World 2008 Beach Beauty contest. She also stood second at the Miss World Top Model contest the same year. Even as Femina Miss India 2008, she won various accolades before being crowned the eventual Miss India World. She won sub-titles like Miss Photogenic, Miss Personality & Miss Beautiful Hair. As the first ever Pantaloons Femina Miss India South 2008, she gained direct entry into the top 10 finalists at the Femina Miss India contest. She was crowned as PFMIS 2008 by South Indian actress Ramya Krishnan. A favourite for the Miss India title, her answer during the question-and-answer rounds in the finals won her fresh praise. When asked, "The rate of divorce in India is on a rise. Is Western influence the cause of this or something else?", Parvathy’s forthright reply was, "Divorces are not a result of Western influence. At the end of the day, it is we who decide our worth. Marriage is not when one completes the other but is when both share their completeness." Born on 13 March 1987 at Kottayam in Kerala, her parents shifted base to Mumbai when she just seven months old. Other noted Keralites at the Miss India pageant have been Shweta Vijay (Femina Miss India Earth 2003), Annie Thomas (Femina Miss India World 1998), Nafisa Joseph (Femina Miss India Universe 1997), Mini Menon (Femina Miss India Asia Pacific 1996) and Shweta Menon (Femina Miss India 1994 2nd Runner Up). At the Miss World pageant, her reply to the question, "What does being in South Africa mean to you?" was that it was like home to her. She added that the people of South Africa were hospitable like Indians and that both nations have given the world respected leaders like Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi. She also pointed out that both nations shared a wonderfully diverse culture.
  5. Rahul Mahajan marrying today, Dimpy Ganguly going to win!! [06 Mar 2010] Rahul Mahajan, the handsome young man from reputed political family of late Pramod Mahajan who has been taking part in the reality show ‘Rahul Dulhaniya Le Jayega’, is all set to marry one of the finalists today at a suburban five star hotel Sources from the channel say that Dimpy Ganguly, the twenty year old model from Kolkata, is likely to be the lucky bride for Rahul Mahajan at the luxurious hotel. Though all the finalists—Nikunj, Harpreet and Dimpy—tried to impress Rahul Mahajan and win the reality show, but finally it was Dimpy Ganguly’s bubbly nature that carried the day and got the approval from the bridegroom. The buzz doing rounds in the industry is that Rahul Mahajan was floored by Dimpy Ganguly’s honesty in revealing about her past boyfriends etc and just loved the way it was said. Dimpy Ganguly’s open attitude towards life and her infections dimpled smile also impressed Rahul very much and he decided to tie the knot with her at the ceremony today. In fact, Rahul Mahajan has already asked the court to release his passport so that he could go to Ireland and Maldives for his upcoming honeymoon. Rahul Mahajan’s wedding is going to be a grand affair on television as big fashion designers like Vikram Fadnis, Neeta Lulla and Ashley Rebello will be dressing up the three girls for the occasion. The event at a five star hotel is likely to be attended by eminent personalities from all walks of life. It will be telecast live on NDTV Imagine from nine in the evening. In the meantime, Dimpy Ganguly has been accused of breaching the contract by Maureen Wadia of ‘Gladrags’. In fact, Maureen has already sent a legal notice to NDTV Imagine in this regard. According to Maureen, Dimpy was in an exclusive contract with Gladrags and her participation in the reality show ‘Rahul Dulhaniya Le Jayega’ was against the contract. Maureen also slammed Dimpy for unprofessional behavior during her days with Gladrags. Maureen was especially incensed with Dimpy for disappearing at three in the morning and returning after two hours without informing anyone. She also questioned the suitability of Dimpy as a wife, considering her past record. Earlier, Rahul’s uncle Praveen Mahajan died of brain hemorrhage and there was suspense about the wedding taking place. However, Rahul Mahajan and his family made it clear that the show would go on as scheduled and no change would take place in this regard. It may be recalled that Rakhi Sawant, the season one celebrity of NDTV Imagine, had refused to marry the winner of the show on the appointed date and finally got only engaged to him. Let us hope and pray that nothing of the sort happens with Rahul and Dimpy.
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