15 Apr Iron Lady – who’s that?
Margaret Thatcher’s funeral today has become a contentious issue, challenging the government. No woman in the recent past has triggered such hate posts in her demise.
Indeed, a tough lady. For only a strong-willed woman can evoke such interest. Isn’t our very own Iron Lady – Indira Gandhi – still passionately debated and discussed almost three decades after her assassination.
She turned 40 this week. Did anyone care? Well, if a Bollywood director makes a biopic and, only, if only, it crosses the Rs100 crore mark [given that the figure is the latest blockbuster benchmark], then the national media would play up her cause. Oops! would mention her cause and play up the actress who essayed her character.
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Aung San Suu Kyi is also termed an Iron Lady of her country, commanding world respect. Hatred she does breed in some quarters, but has not ‘ironed out’ her opposers yet. Can we draw parallels with Irom , who is tossed between hospital cells and court rooms, letting her restraints communicate louder.
But unlike Irom, Suu Kyi got a platform. Hope the authorities pay heed to the Manipuri’s cause before it is too late…And we re-define the title Iron Lady. Resurrect the name and cloak it in democratic colours.