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10 Powerful Indian women of the 21st Century

Who says women can't rule India? Remember, the lady who rocks the cradle rules the world. Here is a list of powerful Indian women in no particular order from all professional fields who have established themselves and are doing a great job.

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Ekta Kapoor

Ekta Kapoor

Ekta Kapoor is the joint Director and Creative Director of Balaji Telefilms. She is the daughter of Jeetendra and Shobha Kapoor. She has produced a number of daily soaps and has also ventured in films now.

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Chanda Kocchar

Chanda Kocchar

Chanda Kocchar, is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of India' s largest private bank ICICI Bank.

4

Kiran Bedi

Kiran Bedi

Kiran Bedi, is a retired IPS officer, now a social activist. She was the first woman officer in IPS. She is known for the transformation of the Tihar jail. She is also known as the judge from Aap ki Kacheri fame.

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Smriti Irani

Smriti Irani

Smriti Irani, is an all rounder. She gained fame as an actress of the most famous daily soap on television, Kyuki Saans bhi Kabhi Bahu thi. Later she turned into a director. After years of contribution to Indian television, she joined Bhartiya Janta Party and currently is the Vice President of BJP and the Minister for Human Resource and Development, Government of India.

1

Nita Ambani

Nita Ambani

Nita Ambani, is a businesswoman, philanthropist and a powerful Indian woman. She is the wife of Mr. Mukesh Ambani, Chairman/ Managing Director of Reliance Industries. She is the founder and Chairperson of Dhirubai Ambani International School and also the co-owner of Mumbai Indians.

2

Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi is the Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, one of the largest food and beverage businesses in the world.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, is known for her beauty and her contribution towards Indian cinema. She is Miss World 1994 and was awarded the Padma Shri title in 2009. She is the wife of Abhishek Bachchan and the daughter in law of the great Amitabh Bachchan.

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Barkha Dutt

Barkha Dutt

Barkha Dutt is one of the most experienced and known face of Indian Journalism. She is the group editor of NDTV. She was greatly appreciated after her coverage of the Kargil War. She is also awarded the Padma Shri. She is a brave woman and is seen on the forefronpt covering the most sensational and breaking news.

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Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy is an Indian author who has written a lot of books including the book,'God of small things' which won the Man Bookers Prize for bestselling fiction novel in 1997. She is also a leading political activist.

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Shreya Ghoshal

Shreya Ghoshal

Shreya Ghoshal is India's leading Playback Singer who has sung innumerable songs in various languages and has won many awards including four National Awards.

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