50 Most Popular Women of India

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Popular women of india

Mary Kom

Popular women of India - Mary Kom
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Mary Kom is one of the most successful and world-famous Indian boxers. No doubt she is one of the most popular women of India. Currently serving as a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha for her sports accomplishments. Mary Kom was the first Indian to win a gold medal at the Asian Games in 2014. 

Indira Jaising

Indira Jaising
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One of the most successful, notable female lawyers in India; Jaising is known across India for her values, women rights’ promotion and legal activism for human rights and the environment. Jaising is popular for taking up high- profile controversial cases in order to bring justice. Read more about her journey to becoming the super advocate of India!

Tongam Rina

An Arunachal Pradesh based journalist, editor and human rights activist, Rina is known for her admirable and critical coverage of prominent issues and insurgency in the state. Currently, the journalist is serving as the chief editor of The Arunachal Times and became famous for surviving of assassination attack back in 2012.

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Kalpana Chawla

Popular women of India
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Kalpana Chawla is an icon, a historic figure and a widely cherished personality in India. Kalpana Chawla was an aerospace engineer, member of the NASA Astronaut Corps and the first Indian woman to go to space. Chawla’s career has inspired millions of Indians to pursue their dreams and aspirations despite all odds.

Know more about Kalpana Chawla’s Story From Flying Paper Aeroplanes to Becoming the First Indian-American in Space!

Lata Mangeshkar

Lata Mangeshkar - Popular women of India
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Lata Mangeshkar is one of the most respected and widely acknowledged playback singers in India. The legendary music director has been awarded the highest civilian honour in India: Bharat Ratna for cultural service. In her 80-year long career, Lata Mangeshkar has directed and sung numerous popular songs.  

Shakuntala Devi

Shakuntala devi - Popular women of India
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A Math Genius, Human-Computer and best mathematician; Shakuntala Devi has many nicknames. The self-taught Indian mathematician was also an author, teacher and performer who sought to encourage maths and simplify the subject. Shakuntala Devi’s life and personality are so inspiring that it has been converted into a film adaptation. Here’s everything you need to know about Shakuntala Devi, the Human Computer!

Anuja Chauhan

Anuja Chauhan
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A best-selling fictional author and screenwriter who quit advertising to pursue her dream of becoming an author. Anuja Chauhan is the queen of chick-flicks and amongst the most popular women in India’s whose best-selling books have been adapted into blockbuster hits!

Unravel The A-Factor of Anuja Chauhan’s Journey from Advertising to Becoming a Best-Selling Author

Deepika Kumari

The magnificent Indian archer and accomplished athlete, Deepika Kumari is amongst the most influential and popular women of India. The shooting star of India, Kumari has achieved tremendous success at the mere age of 26, she is a Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist and a winner of prestigious awards like the Arjuna Award and Padma Siri.

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Neena Gupta

Neena Gupta
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Neena Gupta is one of the boldest actresses in India. Her acting range, film choices and personality makes her extremely likeable and inspirational. In recent times, Gupta has appeared in several unconventional roles and broken the spell of ageism surrounding the film industry. Her choice of films and impeccable acting skills make her amongst her most popular women of India. 

Smriti Irani

Smriti irani
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Smriti Irani is a well-known political figure in our country. Irani left a successful acting career to pursue her political career in India by joining BJP in 2003. Irani served as a dedicated member of the party and assumed many leadership positions. Irani heads two significant ministries: Women and Child Development and Textiles in the Modi Administration.

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