In his latest column, Karan Thapar talks about how three gutsy leaders -- Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan, Margaret Thatcher of Great Britain and Indira Gandhi of India -- seized the opportunity to show their opponents that they are made of sterner stuff.
But look at the way he frames these courageous acts:
Have you ever wondered why women in power can be so formidably impressive? Regardless of the correctness of their policies, they often display a steely determination, a cold, calculating, even ruthless belief in themselves. Faced with incredible odds they can be almost frighteningly courageous. On such occasions, men might waiver or reconsider, but not a woman.
Bold emphasis added.