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Smriti Irani- You may love her or hate her but can't ignore her
Despite a male dominated society, Indian polity has seen some very powerful woman politicians. Indira Gandhi, no doubt was one of the legendary woman politicians India has ever seen. She was not only powerful and dominating but also very popular. Then there are Jayalalithaa, Mayawati and Mamata Banerjee, who are popular, powerful and dominating regional leaders, who have made their impact on national politics. Late Nandini Satapathy, former Odisha Chief Minister was known as iron lady of Odisha.

Then come the fire brand women leaders of BJP like Sushama Swaraj, Uma Bharati and others who by their oratory skills and aggression have established themselves in national politics. Not to forget Sonia Gandhi, who despite her inability to communicate remained one of powerful woman politicians of Indian politics? She is the longest serving president in the history of Indian National Congress. During UPA rule it was said that power flows from her residence.

In the present Lok Sabha, BJP has a number of women politicians with great oratory skills. Kirron Kher, Meenaskhee Lekhi are the new entrants apart from Sushama Swaraj, Uma Bharati and Maneka Gandhi. But Smriti Irani has become the current face of women power in Indian politics.

She comes from a humble background. She also admitted that her educational qualification is average. Yet her eloquence and fluency in English, aggressive body language while speaking and oratory skills with a touch of emotions really stun everyone including her elitist critics.

Being able to communicate effectively is the key to be a successful politician. Smriti Irani appears to have mastered this art. Her speeches have definitely stunned her political opponents in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. Frankly speaking, there is no match for BJP women politicians in the opposition bench except for Mayawati in the Rajya Sabha.

The rise of Smriti Irani is really incredible. She is the youngest lady cabinet minister having HRD portfolio. Since then she has always been in controversy, being targeted frequently both inside and outside the Parliament, yet she is confronting the opposition with vigor and aggression. Her powerful speeches stun even her ardent critics.

The rise of Smriti Irani is reminiscent of Indira Gandhi. Indira Gandhi too was controversial. She was opposed by her party seniors. The Congress party was divided. The so called 'Gungi Gudia' fought back and within a few years established herself as the central face of Indian politics, demolishing all her opponents.

Smriti Irani too is controversial. She was targeted by many. She was also subject to personal attacks on social media. But she is confronting all those with guts and really smashing all opposition. I had viewed her interview with Arnab Goswami some months ago. The way she silenced Arnab, I expect that one day she will became a larger than life politician.

In this article, I am not trying to argue whether Smriti Irani is right or wrong. I am just evaluating the women power in Indian politics. Despite the presence of a lot of strong women leaders in current Indian political scene, I would just say a phrase that was always said in the context of Narendra Modi. You can love her or hate her, but you can't ignore Smriti Irani. If a tea vendor can became Prime Minister of India, you never know what is in store for this actor-turned woman politician from a very humble back ground.

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