It's time to give the lie to the old saying that behind every successful man there's a woman.
India was and is full of women who have made success stories of their life, in various fields. Be it sports, films, business or the cut-throat, alpha-male world of politics.
On the occasion of International Women's Day, rediff.com drew up a list of the 10 most powerful women politicians in the land. The list contains some obvious names, names that automatically get pencilled into any such roster. There are also some names that you may not have thought of in such a lineup. Do you agree with our choice? Tell us who feature on your list of top 10 women politicians.
Text: The Rediff News Bureau, Design: N V Reuben
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