Why Anupriya Patel might just be the face of today's woman in politics

At 35, newly appointed Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Anupriya Patel is already making news.

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Soon after her entry into the cabinet as the Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Anupriya Patel found herself dealing with impersonation on social media for which she also filed a complaint.


Hers is a Freudian tale of irony. She quit the party (Apna Dal) set up by her father, late Shri Sone Lal Patel, because she was having ideological differences with her mother who was the president of the party. Her appointment in the cabinet comes right before the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, where she represents the large mass of Kurmi population. Also the fact that her party holds considerable influence in the Varanasi-Mirzapur belt.

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It's out there- caste is a major operating factor in Indian politics, and perhaps it was one of the important factors that contributed to her appointment into the cabinet. In a conversation with ShethePeopleTV, political Commentator Padma Shri Ashok Malik thinks that the LSR graduate and former university teacher 'has a future as a politician.'

I don't know if she will be elected in 2017 itself, but in the coming 5 or 6 years to a decade, I see her possibly emerging

And why not? She is the right age, and comes with valuable experience and education. And while the fact that she was expelled from Apna Dal by her own mother and what she wore at the swearing in ceremony continues to grab headlines,  it's up to the 35-year-old to make the news for the right reasons.

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