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Thursday, July 21, 2022

12 Most Popular, Inspiring Indian Women who Made India Proud

 12 Most Popular, Inspiring Indian Women who Made India Proud

Stories of successful women always motivate and empower others to follow suit. The year gone by was abound with such stories of inspiring women achieving milestones in their respective fields such as sports, business, activism, defense and so on.

Here’s a list of some unbelievable women who made themselves and the country proud in 2021:

Avani Lekhara

After meeting with an accident at the age of 11, Avani was caught in a wheelchair as her lower body was paralysed. When everyone thought her life came to a stop , Avani selected to start over. This 19-year-old girl from Jaipur became the first woman to achieve  a gold medal in the Paralympics. In the category of R-2 women’s 10 m Air Rifle, she put a new record in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Training since the year 2015, this has been her first major international medal .

Falguni Nayar

By quitting a 20-year-long career in investment banking and beginning  a beauty startup from scratch at the age of 50, Falguni Nayar happen one of the most successful women of the year. Pioneer of Nykaa, she is now India’s biggest self-made female billionaire as shares of the firm jumped to a whopping 89 % in the last quarter of 2021. She possess half of the company worth $6.5 billion. She left the managing director position of the Kotak Mahindra Group in 2012 to start Nykaa which provides Indians a unique mix of affordable, rare and luxury brands also  cruelty-free products.

Harnaaz Sandhu

Harnaaz Sandhu is not only the girl who dried the Miss Universe crown to the India after a long gap of 21 years but even someone who came over years of body shaming because of  her thin figure. Hailing from the Chandigarh, Harnaaz even advocates for normalising mental health issues. Her life with beauty pageants began when she was at year 17 and she joined in a national pageant representing her city. She went on to join in Femina Miss India in 2019 and was crowned Femina Miss India Punjab the similar year.

Mirabai Chanu

Winner of the silver medal at the year 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the Women’s 49 kg weightlifting category, Mirabai Chanu is the power lady of the India. She made her debut at the 2016 Rio Olympics and became the 2nd  Indian in 22 years to snatch gold at the World Weightlifting Championships after Karnam Malleswari. Mirabai was only  11 when she won her first-ever competitive gold medal. Born into a traditional family of the Manipur, her strength was realized by the family when she was made to collect firewood from a nearby hill.

Mirabai is the recipient of a Padma Shri (2018) and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award (2018).

PV Sindhu

Ever since her victory in the year 2013 Malaysian Open Grand Prix, PV Sindhu’s name has been similar with badminton in the India. In 2019, she became the 1st Indian to win a gold medal in the Badminton World Championships. Sindhu is the 1st Indian sportswoman to achieve two consecutive medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics and 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Born in Hyderabad into a sports family, this twenty six -year-old is now ranked world No seven in the women’s singles

Neena Gupta

A professor at the Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata, Neena Gupta is the 3rd woman and 4th  Indian to get the prestigious 2021 DST-ICTP-IMU Ramanujan Prize for young mathematicians from developing nations. Her remarkable work in affine algebraic geometry and commutative algebra secured  her this honor. Born and brought up in Kolkata, she got  a Masters and PhD in mathematics from the Indian Statistical Institute. Her unending interest in the subject is an inspiration for anyone who wants to chase it.

Krithi Karanth

A Chief Defense Scientist at the Center for Wildlife Studies, Krithi Karanth is the 1st  Indian and Asian woman to win the 2021 WILD Innovator Award. It is provided by a foundation called Wild Elements that advocates disturbing the status quo and identifying solutions to global sustainability and conservation. A main conservation scientist in India, Krithi has great expertise in the sector of wildlife conservation. This Mangaluru native was even a recipient of the year  2019 Women of Discovery Award by WINGS World quest, an organisation that helps women scientists and recognizes them for their extraordinary work in their respective fields.

Tulasi Gowda

Even known as the encyclopedia of the forest, Tulasi Gowda was honored by awarding Padma Shri for her contributions and efforts to save the forest cover. This 72-year-old hailing from the Halakki Vokkalu tribal community of Karnataka has planted over 30,000 saplings and has the different ability to recognise a plant just by a touch. She never went to school and was married off at the age of 12. This day laborer is an asset to the Karnataka forest department also to the whole world.

Shaili Singh

An athlete who began her career without having a proper shoe, Shaili Singh achieved the World No 1 title in Under-18 Youth Long Jump in 2021. She was born in Jhansi as the girl of a single mother. The long-jump pit was a bed of roses for this girl who overcame many problems in life. She was coached at Anju Bobby George Sports Foundation in Bengaluru. Shaili is now one of the top 20 rankers  all around the world in the list of U-18 long jumpers.

Bhawana Kanth

One of the 1st female fighter pilots of India, Bhawana Kanth became the 1st woman fighter pilot to join  in the Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) tableau at the Republic Day parade of 2021. Include with Avani Chaturvedi and Mohana Singh, she was inducted into the IAF as the first women fighter pilot in 2016. Born in Bihar, she is a graduate in the Medical Electronics from BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore. She was commissioned into the IAF’s fighter stream in the June 2016

Leena Nair

The latest global chief executive officer (CEO) of the French luxury house Chanel, Leena Nair was even the first female and youngest-ever Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) of the Unilever. This Maharashtra native started her career in management when there were only 2 % women employees in her company. She was even featured among Fortune India’s Most Powerful Women of the year 2021. Before pursuing management, she studied electronics engineering at Walchand College of the Engineering.

Gita Gopinath

The 1st deputy managing director (FDMD) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Gita Gopinath is all set to succeed the present FDMD Geoffrey Okamoto. Mysore native Gita is a technocrat and author of many books. This 50-year-old completed her PhD from Princeton University in the year 2001 and was even the first woman to serve as the IMF’s chief economist. The promotion is followed by her exceptional work while the pandemic.

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