“Politician Should Be Seen in a Saree..?” Sathyaraj Daughter Divya Questions Views on Women in Politics!

Divya Sathyaraj is an Indian nutritionist. She is the daughter of actor Sathyaraj and film producer Maheshwari Sathyaraj. Divya is the goodwill ambassador of The Akshaya Patra Foundation, an NGO implementing the Government of India’s Midday Meal Scheme for school children. She had also earlier written a letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the malpractices pursued in the field of medicine. She has also often expressed her concern about health and nutrition of people in Tamilnadu and also expressed interest in politics.

Divya joined instagram last week with an emotional post about her father thanking him for being there for her. Later on she also posted about her inrrest in joining politics. ” spent my early childhood in a tiny apartment. Appa was playing the villain in movies and amma had a roadside ice-cream shop. There was less money but lots of fun and laughter. Appa would feed me rasam rice and poriyal and tell me stories of Puratchi Thalaivar and Thanthai Periyar… I think the love for food and politics started at that time. My parents taught me the value of money. I was never obsessed with diamonds or Louis Vuittons. Appa made me realise that a self-centred approach to life would eventually make us feel empty. I have been doing field work for a while and will be starting my journey in politics soon… I will selflessly work for the health and happiness of my state and my people.” she wrote.

Today Divya took to her Instagram to express her views on Freedom of what one choose to wear. She posted a picture of her wearing a dress with knee high boots. She explained about how a number of people advised her against posting the picture as in India the society is used to seeing a politician only in a saree.

“My well wishers adviced me against posting this pic as they feel an aspiring politician should be seen in a saree. As a Periyarist, I strongly believe that every woman should have the freedom to wear what she wants. I will never project an image that is not me. I sincerely hope people believe in me for my work.” she wrote.

Over the past few years the trend of power dressing has vastly shot up. We see influencers these days donning blazers, pant suits and monochromes but have you ever thought about how politicians do it? Even without your usual power dressing staples, these women somehow manage to make a statement without trying too hard. In this segment we will be decoding a few Indian politician’s style statements.  Click here to read more.

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