A recent discussions with a friend made me ponder on this question, and thus to put it out in the world for furthur pondering, although I am sure many of you out there are done pondering on this question long before this post came into being as a result of a lot of pondering.
So the question then becomes is it really possible not to judge some one? Maybe you wont tell them what you think but how is it possible that you don’t form an opinion? This friend who made me ponder shared some stories with me and these stories made me think ( as is obvious) and yes to be honest, I even judged him a bit.
So what should be the verdict? The pondering Continues….
In the matter of genders, we are a region that can be said to be both progressive as well as backwards. But lets look at it from the point of view of being a progressive first. Let me also make it clear that when I use the word “region” I refer to the Eastern side of the globe, especially within the context of South Asia.
The many women that have made their name because of their Political Leadership
The East can very proudly claim to have the first woman Prime Minister, Sirimavo Bandaranaike (April 17 1916 – October 10th 2000) of Sri Lanka. Not only was she the first female head of the Sri Lankan Government, but was also the world’s first female head of any Government. She served three terms as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and Ceylon, these being from 1960-65, 1970-77 and 1994-2000.
She was followed by Indira Gandhi from India (1966 ,1980) – this was long before the West was going to elect Golda Meir (1969) or Margaret Thatcher (1979). From the Far Eastern side of the globe, that is Philippines, you had Corazon Aquino (1986) – a symbol for love and peace, who was swept into the office after her bloodless “People Revolution” led to the downfall of Ferdinand Marcos. Continue reading