These 8 Women, Who Have Defined Year 2014 With Their Determination, Are The Real ‘Mard’ Of India

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7:55 pm 18 Dec, 2014

Male chauvinists would disagree but women are the most powerful of God’s creations. Indeed, no mountain is insurmountable and no sea impassable for a woman determined. There have been countless examples of women who have fought to not only preserve their dignity but also the honour of the human race. There will be women who will take on the most pressing of challenges by their horns and will emerge victorious. Like every year, 2014 produced countless brave women here in India. Although this post hails the determination of a select few, we salute all who quietly continue leaving a positive impression on us.

1. Arunima Sinha – The amputee who conquered Everest

In 2011, doctors had to amputate one of Arunima’s leg below the knee after she was thrown off a running train by robbers for refusing to hand over her gold chain. She did not lose hope and within four months of getting discharged from the hospital after getting an artificial prosthetic leg, she rang up Bachendri Pal, who was the first Indian woman to scale Mount Everest in 1984, insisted on training from her and worked hard.

At age 26 she took 52 days and reached the summit of Mount Everest 8,848 mt(29,000 ft) on 21-May-2013.

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2. Binalakshmi Nepram – The anti-arms campaigner

Binalakshmi Nepram founded the ‘Control Arms Foundation of India’ in 2004 to address the spread of arms and illegal weapons in the civil society. In 2007, she launched the ‘Women Gun Survivor Network’ in Manipur to help thousands of women who are affected by gun violence. Her network provide loans, medical assistance, sewing machines and means to earn a livelihood to these women.

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3. Anna Kujur – Protecting tribal rights in Odisha

Forty-seven-year-old Anna Kujur is a simple tribal woman of SUnajor village in Sundergarh district of Odisha. She has spent nearly a decade spreading awareness among the forest-dwelling communities in the region about their legitimate claims on forest resources. So far, Anna has helped about 2,000 tribal people obtain their rightful ‘patta’ in Sundergarh, Odisha.

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4. Sujata Behera – The girl who chose education over marriage

Sujata Behera, 17, a Dalit girl from Dankeni, a remote village in Kandhamal district of Odisha, opposed her impending marriage and remained steadfast on her determination to finish her schooling. She was supported by members of the Kishori Kalyan Samiti (Adolescent Girls’ Group) – a group working to ensure the rights of girls.

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5. Irom Sharmila – The badass of Manipur

Irom Sharmila, also known as the “Iron Lady of Manipur” is a civil rights activist, political activist, and poet from the Indian state of  Manipur. In August 2014, she was released briefly after a Manipur court ruled that there were no grounds to charge her with attempted suicide and instead described her protest as a ‘political demand through lawful means’. She was, however, re-arrested just two days later on the same charges. On International Women’s Day, 2014 she was voted the top woman icon of India by MSN Poll.

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6. Mary Kom – Punching her way to glory

Mary Kom, five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a  medal in each one of the six world championships. Nicknamed  “Magnificent Mary”, she is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012  Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight (51 kg) category and winning the bronze medal. She became the first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2014 in Incheon, South Korea.

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7. Kinjal Singh – The inspirational runner

IAS officer Kinjal Singh won praise and laurels for participating in Mumbai half marathon. She completed the 21-kilometre race in two and a half hours, a feat which makes her eligible for participating in any international race now. This determined woman had lost her father, who was a DSP in UP Police, in a fake encounter in 1982.

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8. Mamta Rawat – The homeless mountaineer

Rendered homeless in the June 2013 Uttarakhand floods, the 24-year-old Mamta Rawat saved over a 1000 lives during the flash floods of Uttarakhand last June. She is a trained mountaineer from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi, and was called on duty for a search and rescue mission undertaken by NIM.

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