The fair sex get a fair share of success

The sixty years of independence have also been years of the empowerment of women.Udaipur can boast of at least a score of women achievers who have brought laurels for the country. Even before the freedom came women had come out of the domestic chores to take part in the freedom struggle. Mrs. Vijay Laxmi Nagar and Mrs. Kamla Shrotriya broke the chains of superstition and led the women of Udaipur on the path of education and emancipation through their concerted efforts. They ran centres of adult and non-formal education and helped in their skill development to make them economically self sufficient. Mrs. Shanta Trivedi, who fought for freedom along with her socialist husband Paras Ram Trivedi, worked for women’s education and empowerment through her institution Rajasthan Mahila Parishad. She was awarded the coveted Nari Shakti Award in 2006. Mrs. Rama Mehta, wife of Ex-foreign secretary of India Mr. Jagat Mehta received central Sahitya Academy Award for her novel in English ‘Inside the Haveli’ in 1979. She wrote several other books of sociological and literary interest. After the sudden demise of Shri Mohanlal Lal Sukkhadia, former chief minister of Rajasthan, his wife InduBala Sukhadia represented Udaipur in Lok Sabha.This tradition was continued by Dr. Girija Vyas who remained Deputy Minister for Information and Broadcasting in the Govt. of India. She continues to hold the powerful position of Chair person of national commission for women. The present Member of Parliament Mrs. Kiran Maheshwari rose to eminence suddenly in 1990s when she was elected as the Chair person of the Municipal Council. Hamida Banu, an Athlete, represented the country in Asiad Games in 1982. In the recent past it is Bhalti Sharma who has done proud to the town by crossing the English Channel on July 25, 2006 at the age of just Sixteen Years. She was then a student of class twelth. She continued her journey of success when she won a Gold Medal in International Marethon at Jurich in August 2006. In May 2007 she earned success at Inernational Swimming Competition in Florida U.S.A. She also swam around Alkatras covering a distance of six kilometers known to be a very tough sea for the swimmers. A Young girl of just seven years Miss Ayushi Jain performed a historic feat in skating when she performed the highly adventurous Limbo adventure event in June 2007. A student of first standard, Ayushi wheeled round the skating track and rolled stretching her legs to the farthest extent possible beneath to buses parked side by side and cross the entire distance smiling. This has made Ayushi the first skater in the state  who has performed this Limbo adventure.                                  No less is the achievement of Dr. Poonam Joshi, a lecturer in Govt. Meera Girls College. She is the only woman classical Sitar player of A Grade in the state. She was awarded, besides many other awards, Pdt. Shashi Mohan Bhatt Award on 2003 for her exicellence in music. She is an accomplished Kathak dancer who has been selected by Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Govt. of India since 1990. She is also an approved Kathak dancer of Door Darshan, Lucknow since 1998. She has performed at Sur Singar Sansad, Mumbai, Swar Sadhana Samiti, Mumbai, Nehru Centre Mumbai, Habitat Centre, Delhi, India International centre, New Delhi etc.                                   

              Well above these achievers in different fields is Ms. Kanta Bhatnagar who rose to the status of Chief Justice of Madras High- Court. Recently Mala Sukhwal won silver medal at Asian Power Lifting Championship held at Taiwan. Mrs. Usha Sanadhya, a veteran athlete won three medals in Open Masters Athlecatics Championship held at Brunei in August 2007. She won Gold Medal in Javelin, Silver in Shotput and Bronze in Discus throw.

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