Bapsi Sidhwa

She puts her ideas across on how a poor, undeveloped subcontinent has thrown up so many women leaders in 50 years of democracy while America hasn't in 200 years. She says, we are currently in the throes of electioneering in the US, and there isn't a woman candidate in sight. 
Fundamentally, the class-based society in India, which has its roots in the courts and durbars of maharajas and nawabs, has accustomed women to exercising authority over men perched on the lower rungs of the social ladder. 
That is why an Indira Gandhi or a Margaret Thatcher, both fabulously domineering women. found not only acceptability in India and Great Britain (another country accustomed to royalty), but also a popularity bordering on reverance.


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