Gayatri is an inspiring example of what women can do when they are empowered and are treated as equals with their male counterparts.
A professor of media history at Lovely Professional University, Gayatri has overcome uncertainties and huge losses in her life to motivate herself and her two children, a daughter and a son, to excel in whatever they take up.
All three have countered deliberate societal criticism, and Gayatri, in particular, emphatically believes that because she is empowered, she has been able to motivate and project herself as an optimistic personality.
Her story is all the more inspiring as Monday is National Education Day, and the fact that educating Indian women creates a vital opportunity for the social and economic development of India, is gaining wider acceptance, is something to be proud of.
The status of women in India has been subject to many great changes over the past few millennia. From equal status with men in ancient times through the low points of the medieval period, to the promotion of equal rights by many reformers, the history of women in India has been eventful.
In modern India, women have held high offices, including that of the President (Pratibha Patil), Prime Minister (Indira Gandhi), Speaker of the Lok Sabha (Meira Kumar) and Leader of the Opposition (Sushma Swaraj).
That Indian women are unflinching and their strength can't be underestimated. They remain strong beyond belief; they possess resilience and have the power to overcome. Given the smallest opportunity, they have been able to emancipate themselves from the disadvantaged legacy they have inherited.
There are numerous examples to reflect this.
For example, there is renowned beauty and fitness entrepreneur Vandana Luthra, the founder and mentor of Vandana Luthra Curves and Curls(VLCC), who has been working closely with the National Skills Development Corporation and the Ministry of Labour on taking the fitness and beauty sector in India to greater levels of acceptance.
Luthra informed that she is playing a significant role in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Janahan Yojna or Inclusion Plan.
Luthra views women as beautiful creatures and believes that with true support and guidance they can change the world.
Manipur's boxing icon Mary Kom is a winner of many international titles in the sport, and credits her determination and hard work to overcome her poor tribal background and skeptics.
Today, she has opened a female fight club in Imphal to teach girls to defend themselves against violence.
Union minister of human resource development and television personality Smriti Irani is another y famous name among Indian women.
A Bharatiya Janata Party politician now, her views on women empowerment are well known. According to her, women can achieve anything they desire if they prepare themselves mentally.
She is currently concentrating on issues such as promoting the education of women, their safety and guarantee of employment.
The views expressed in the above article are that of Anmol Deep Lamba, a journalism and mass communications student of Lovely Professional University.