They say it's a man's world, but this group of five women contestants in fray for the February 22 municipal corporation elections definitely do not ascribe to this philosophy and are challenging it with all their might.
The five all are the lone independent women candidates in their wards in an otherwise all men field.
These women have a mind of their own. The set of lone rangers includes a 21-year-old BCom student, an MPhil in English and a BA BEd. They have different reasons for their foray into politics, but the common thread to all of them is to be change-seeker and maker.
Meet 32-year-old lawyer Savita Devi, contesting from ward number 27, who says, "We have to be in the system to change the system. I face all men in my ward, but that's the last thing in my mind. I don't want sympathy votes, but want people to believe in me. Savita is also an M Phil in English.
From ward number 36, the youngest candidate in the fray these polls, Harkamal Preet, 21, is out campaigning with enthusiasm and zeal.
These managers also manage to strike a balance between their home and their passion, the electoral battle with maturity.
Surjit Kaur, 56, a former headmistress in a government school, in the fray from ward number 28, says, "My paternal family was into social service and after marriage I got engrossed with family life. Now, that my children are married and settled, I want to live my dream of doing social service and hence the elections. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward number 36
I want to be the change. I don't want to crib like others but want to make it happen.
Harkamal Preet, 21,
B Com final year student
Ward number 27
Being woman has got nothing to do with it, rather want people to recognize me for my vision
Savita Devi, 32, M. Phil English, lawyer
Ward number 28
Politics will keep me closer to people and their issues. This is something I have always wanted to do and now I am just following my heart.
Surjit Kaur, 56, BA Bed, former headmistress
Ward number 39
I am not very educated, but I know what it takes to be a leader. I otherwise also have been into working for causes and this will give me a formal platform.
Ramanpreet Kaur, 35, Class 12
Ward number 28
I have been into social causes and it was the people who pushed me into politics. I am in the contest because of the people's support.
Kamaljit Kaur, 45, Class 12