是印度的希拉里·克林顿吗?

正当美国人辩论他们是否准备好接受一名像希拉里·克林顿那样的女性担任总统的时候,印度通过选举普拉蒂巴·帕蒂尔已经这样做了。尽管印度的总统职位是礼仪性的,重要性不如总理(总理这一职务曾经由英吉拉·甘地担任),但是这具有象征性意义。执政的国大党领导人索尼亚·甘地主要出于性别原因竭力推动帕蒂尔当选,她称这一选举为“全国妇女的特殊时刻”。

而且,前两任总统都是来自少数人群,一个来自最低贱的阶层(也就是贱民,以前被称为“不能碰的人”),而另一个来自穆斯林社区,因此,印度可以大为引以为荣。

作为一名在独立运动中为女权斗争、并且为开创印度第一个妇女机构立下汗马功劳的女子的女儿,我应当为帕蒂尔当选感到由衷的骄傲。但是我最多也就是有复杂的感觉。

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