Sanjay Gandhi died in a plane crash and son Varun was just three months old, Maneka Gandhi’s world had almost collapsed. But the manner in which she took control of her life, fought all odds and steered it in the path she believed in, is admirable.
After parting ways with her mother-in-law, the then PM of India Indira Gandhi, in the early ‘80s, the feisty lady formed her own party and dedicated her life to politics. However, she eventually joined the BJP and is today the Union Minister for Women & Child Development.
An ardent environmentalist and animal rights activist, Maneka played a key role in bringing the issue of animal rights to the forefront. In 1995, she became the chairperson of the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA), and conducted surprise checks in the laboratories where research was carried out on animals. She also started People for Animals, which is the largest animal welfare organization in the country today.
Winner of several humanitarian awards and writer of books, Maneka is one of the most inspiring women leaders of our country.