Women politicians of India rail against the “male-dominated society” but refuse to admit that almost all of them are beneficiaries of a male politician in their family or in their circle. They had no hesitation in taking advantage of their male relative’s hard work and political power. These days they can be found mouthing platitudes about “woman empowerment” and condemning the so-called “patriarchy”
Indira Gandhi: Daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru.
Sonia Gandhi: Wife of Rajiv Gandhi, and daughter-in-law of Indira Gandhi.
Maneka Gandhi: Second daughter-in-law of Indira Gandhi.
Jayalalitha: Sponsored by ex-CM of Tamil Nadu Ramachandran because of her looks and “English speaking skills”.
Mayawati: Concubine of late Kanshi Ram.
Sushma Swaraj: Got a head-start in politics due to her father (an RSS functionary), and her husband who was closely associated with George Fernandes.
Jaya Jaitly: Concubine of late George Fernandes.
Sheila Dikshit: Daughter-in-law of former West Bengal governor, Uma Shankar Dikshit.
Rabri Devi: Wife of Lalu Prasad Yadav.
Ambika Soni: Daughter of a politician in undivided India.
Vasundhra Raje Scindia: Daughter of ex-Maharaja of Gwalior.
A notable exception, and nothing to be proud of, is the infamous Mamata Banerjee. She is perhaps the only mainstream female Indian politician who has risen from the ranks. She deserves kudos for that, even though she is like almost all Indian politicians, a crass and dictatorial person.