Lessons from a great woman, Jayalalithaa Jayaraman

AIADMK leader Jayaram Jayalalitha greets the audience during her swearing-in-ceremony as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu state in Chennai, India, Saturday, May 23, 2015. An appeals court acquitted the powerful politician in southern India of corruption charges earlier this month, clearing the way for her to return to public office. She was forced last year to step down as the highest elected official in Tamil Nadu after a Bangalore court in September convicted her of possessing wealth disproportionate to her income and sentenced her to four years in prison. (R. Senthil Kumar/ Press Trust of India via AP)
06 Dec 2016
Jayalalithaa Jayaraman

An Indian actor and politician who served 5 terms as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, for over 14 years between 1991 and 2016.

(24 February 1948 – 5 December 2016) -

I’m not affiliated with any political parties. I do not endorse any of its leaders. In fact, I’m not a fan of Jayalalitha. She still deserves a place in my website because:

1. An iron lady

She was called the iron lady – so strong she never showed herself depressed during any of the problems she faced.

Lesson learned:

Whatever problems, being upset or depressed is only going to make it worst. Get on your feet and fight them as strong as you can.

2. An empowered woman

In a traditional state of gender bias, as a woman she has surely had a very tough time fighting all men in her way to reach a place where even her rival of the opposite gender fell at her feet.

Lesson learned:

If you are a woman, you have no excuse to overcome the gender bias. The whole nation may come against you but as a woman you are stronger than all of them combined.

3. A bold fighter

She never bothered about what others had to say about the decisions she made. Most of the times she never even responded to any allegations made against her party, her government or herself.

Lesson learned:

A beautiful leadership quality we must possess. Nothing else can help you lead better than dealing with the allegations without affecting the task at hand.

4. A human

She has had a lot of allegations against her on corruption, being arrogant, making people fall on her feet, taking drugs, etc. She was still a baby like anyone else when she was born. She made a history in 68 years.

Lesson learned:

Embrace humanity. Everyone we meet is going through a hell of problems we have no idea about. What someone is today was not the same when they were born. What someone is today, is because of how the society treated them and what the society taught them during their journey in life.

Value human relationships, be kind, appreciate each other and take a pledge to build a better society.

I’m deeply saddened that such a great leader, I have personally learnt so much from, is no more.


Abilash Praveen

I have over a decade of experience in technology and business. It is my passion for the development of the rural and the underprivileged in the society that has driven me towards contributing the wealth of my professional and personal experiences for the welfare of the society.