Vivacious, strong, witty, independent, fierce, loyal, brave, strong, graceful, agile, powerful, nurturing. Primary hunters of their pride and highly protective of their young. What are these words describing? All these words are used to describe a lioness.
However when I write these words, a lioness is the last thing on my mind. The image very vividly etched in my mind, and whom I am describing using these words, is of a stunning lady wearing a blue saree, the gutsy Smriti Zubin Irani, Human Resources Development Minister.
Well you would say that too, if you saw how she effectively silenced single handedly a room full of male politicians, for want of a better word, I would say she made mince meat out of them. She openly challenged them, and there was no one to accept that challenge. In fact I invite you to watch what I have seen for myself .
So what did you think after watching the video?
What I liked most about her was that every explanation she gave was backed by hard, solid irrefutable evidence. Any explanation backed with evidence shows your transparency and credibility as a person.
One quote that stands out for me:
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gate is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself”. She quoted this quote spoken by a Roman philosopher Marcus Tillius Cicero and added that had she mentioned Chanakya, she would have been accused of being “saffron”.
She openly questioned the quality of education that our children are exposed to where lectures and study notes have insinuations of open segregation.
She has proved that Indian politics is not all about corruption and bribery. There is openness and transparency in today’s politics.
Leaders like Smriti Irani are needed to restore faith in Indian politics. Pure transparency and openly challenging the opposition takes a lot of guts and she by no means lacks those. A perfect role model for Indian politics, restoring faith and trust in the government. From one woman to another, I reverently salute the lioness who finished off her speech with “Bharat Mata ki Jai”