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Indian women have enjoyed quite a dream run on the Indian political scene. But do they have it easy breaking into a man’s world? To discuss the many challenges women face, Young FICCI Ladies’ Organisation organised an interactive session 末 ‘Women and Politics’ 末 where M.V. Rajeev Gowda, professor, IIM Bangalore, and chairperson, Centre for Public Policy Professor, Economics and Social Science, addressed a group of 30-odd women at Casa Toscana.

“The 50 per cent reservation clause for women in panchayats allows ample opportunity for them to participate in politics,” said Gowda, who was soon inundated by questions flying in from all over the room. And he took them on — from whether knowing a language plays an important role in public speaking to what makes a politician.

t2 asked Gowda to share 10 tips for women with political aspirations...