Indira, Mother Teresa among Time’s list



New York, NY: Indira Gandhi and Mother Teresa have figured in the list of 25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century by Time magazine.

Indira Gandhi has been placed at 9th position and Mother Teresa is ranked 22nd in the list.

“She was the nation’s daughter, brought up under the close watch of both her father Jawaharlal Nehru, who was India’s first Prime Minister after decades of British rule, and her country,” the Time magazine said.

When Gandhi was elected Prime Minister in 1966, a TIME cover line had read, “Troubled India in a Woman’s Hands.”

She served three consecutive terms from 1966 to 1977 and was in the middle of her fourth term from 1980 when she was assassinated in 1984.

By the time she was assassinated, Indira Gandhi was the world’s longest-serving woman Prime Minister, a distinction she holds to this day, the magazine said.

The list of “25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century” is topped by Jane Addams, an outspoken advocate for women’s suffrage, who was the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is ranked sixth on the list.

The list of 25 also includes Marie Curie, Madonna, Golda Meir, Angela Merkel, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Thatcher, Oprah Winfrey and Virginia Woolf.

On Mother Teresa, the magazine said: “Born Agnes Bojaxhiu to Albanian parents living under the Ottoman Empire, the petite nun made her way to India in 1929, building her start-up missionary community of 13 members in Kolkata into a global network of more than 4,000 sisters running orphanages and AIDS hospices.”


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