Like the Maratha kings, their queens were also examples of courage and inspiration. Ahilyabai Holkar was one of them, whose praises are seldom acknowledged.
The Empire, Disney + Hotstar’s foray into historical fiction, is as much about kings as it is about the kingmakers - the Mughal women who hugely shaped the fortunes of a dynasty that ruled India for over three centuries.
We know of Rani Lakshmi Bai's bravery tales, but we are not aware of Jhalkari Bai, the Dalit woman who helped her throughout, and fought right next to her in the uprising of 1857.
Google doodle today celebrated the 117th birth anniversary of firebrand Hindi poetess Subhadra Kumari Chauhan whose poem on Rani of Jhansi is known to every child who has learnt Hindi.
The stories of the trailblazers in Kavitha Rao's book Lady Doctors: The Untold Stories of India's First Women in Medicine, and the challenges they triumphed over, need to find their rightful place in history.
Today, 19th July 2021, is the 112th birth anniversary of Nalapat Balamani Amma, the mother of poet Kamala Das, and an iconic poet herself.
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