Dr. Heptulla an Indian politician and the current governor of Manipur turned up in a National Commission Of Woman summit in Delhi today. She is an interesting mix of diametrically opposite worlds. She expected to be felicitated by the Congress, but it was the RSS who conferred an award on her, following her election as Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) president. Therefore, to say where she actually belongs is a bit tough.
In NCW summit, Najma Heptulla told She Wings that, ‘I have never thought that I’m a minority and have always worked for the welfare of the woman. Nowadays, women have made their presence in a society which was male dominating. I belong to a political background and my parents never discriminated in boy/girl.
She got emotional while talking about the parliament session and sobbingly told, “I use to work in a place where the minority of woman was very less. In my opinion, the male belongings should have trust on the woman as a woman meets various characters in an office.”
The Governor concluded by saying, “Women are now more confident and ambitious than ever, but people still need to work harder to address issues of gender equality in the workplace and empower female advancement. Transparency and trust matters a lot.”
Talking about her family she hails that being a member of a prominent family of freedom fighters she is the grand niece of the renowned scholar and eminent freedom fighter Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first Education Minister of Independent India.
Dr. Heptulla is closely in touch with a number of prominent world leaders, diplomatic community, social activists in the developing and the developed countries. It is important to mention that soon after the terrorists attack on the Indian Parliament in 2001, the then Prime Minister Hon’ble Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji gave her the responsibility, in her capacity as the President of the IPU.
She is a profound social thinker and has espoused the cause of women in India and outside. In 1975, she served on the National Committee for the International Women’s Year. She was also the Member of the National Committee on Women constituted in 1988.
Besides, she has been tirelessly, working on different International issues for strengthening India’s relations globally.