India Today Woman as Storyteller: Meena Kandasamy, writer
One of the country’s youngest activist-feminist poets, Kandasamy writes with passion against caste and gender barriers. She has published two poetry anthologies, Touch and Ms Militancy.
India Today Woman in Public Service: Renana Jhabvala, social activist
A well-known social activist, Ms Jhabvala was instrumental in forming SEWA Bharat, a national federation of Self-Employed Women Associations in nine states of India. She has helped set up many cooperatives of women and made significant contribution to the field of policy advocacy and formulation.
India Today Woman in Science: Shubha Tole, neuro-scientist
Dr Tole is studying the genetic mechanisms that control the functioning of the brain. Her research could lead to path-breaking understanding about the brain and the disorders such as autism or schizophrenia.
India Today Woman in Sports: Dipika Pallikal, international squash player
Dipika Pallikal is the first Indian woman to break into the top ten World Squash Association rankings. She received the prestigious Arjuna award for her achievements.
India Today Woman in the corporate world: Aruna Jayanthi, CEO Capgemini
As CEO of Capgemini India, Jayanthi is responsible for the company’s consulting, outsourcing and professional service target. Under her leadership, the company’s India operations grew phenomenally. Jayanthi is responsible for leading the consulting, technology services and outsourcing services for Capgemini India.
India Today Woman in Arts: Sridevi, actor
This supremo of Indian cinema who has acted in more than 270 films returned to the big screen after a gap of 15 years. She stunned critics and viewers alike with her portrayal of a mother’s struggle to learn English in English Vinglish, one of the most moving films of 2012.
India Today Woman Entrepreneur: Dr Gazalla Amin, entrepreneur
A medical school graduate, Dr Amin is one of the faces of women empowerment in the valley. Her company Fasiam Agro products has made Kashmir lavender a global name.
Most inspirational woman of the year award: Brave Heart
Although the 23-year-old paramedical student succumbed to her injuries after a 13-day struggle, her brutal gang-rape woke India to the need to make the country safer for women.