An Italian by birth and widow of the late PM Rajiv Gandhi, a grieving Sonia cut herself off from public life after the assassination of her husband in 1991. She rebuffed repeated entreaties from Congress officials to enter the political arena until 1997, a year after the party lost the national elections and was in a state of utter chaos. In a bid to preserve the crumbling legacy of the Gandhi family, she finally became a primary member of the Indian National Congress and within three months of joining, was party president. Having steered her way into Indian public and political life, there was no looking back — Sonia led her party to victory in the national polls in 2004. And when controversy arose over the country having a prime minister of non-Indian origin, she stepped aside and recommended renowned economist and present PM Manmohan Singh, who is known to defer to her in all matters.
Life lesson from Sonia:
The greater good should take precedent over your own ambitions.
Life lesson from Indra:
You’ll reach the top if you have what it takes — and make sure to keep climbing.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Life lesson from Aishwarya:
Take criticism in your stride and meet harsh words with silence – let your accomplishments speak for you
Life lesson from Mayawati:
Turn your perceived weaknesses into strengths; the lower down you start, the higher you’ll climb.
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
Life lesson from Kiran:
It’s better to forge your own path rather than tread one laid down by others.
Life lesson from Sania:
Strive to break not only others’ records, but your own too.
Life lesson from President Patil:
Make time for a worthy cause no matter what other responsibilities you shoulder.