You’ve come a long way Baby!!! Or have you?
Sati Savitri : The courageous and determined lady who won back her dead husband from Yama
Draupadi : The princess who got to marry five most eligible princes of her time – and when humiliated instigated a war, echoes of which reverberate through time
Sita : The loyal companion, the lady who softened the rigid persona of Rama. Also the lady whose ill-timed laughter when Srupnakha was wooing Rama led to Srupnakha’s mutilations and eventually the destruction of Lanka
Gandhari : The woman who confuses me – if I were married to a blind man, I would make sure that I could see and compensate for his lack of vision. 100 Sons? I admire her fortitude and she has my sympathy.
Kunti : The first recorded unwed mother – also the mother of braves. Must have been quite a personality to have managed to mother 6 historical men
Kaikeyi : Agreed she got bad press, but this was a warrior queen who saved her husband’s life in battle – and she was just playing royal politics and being pushy for her own son.
Laxmibai, Rani of Jhansi : The woman betrayed by her childhood friend, Scindia in battle. The queen who died – or did not (since the British did not find her body) is the stuff of legends. I idolize her
Mrignayni : The Gujjar queen of Scindia who single handedly killed a boar and died fighting an invader, fighting by her husband’s side
Ahilyabai Holkar : Child widow, came to the throne of Holker after the death of her father in law. A very able administrator.
Jijabai : Mother of Shivaji – She proves that the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world
Panna Dhai : Nurse of Udai Singh who sacrificed her own son for the safety of her charge
Meera Bai : Intense and mind boggling devotion that foiled all kinds of plots to get her killed
There are so many others like Radha, Menaka etc that I have not put up here. Knowing how feudal our country is, these women must have been special to have gained their place in history. I wonder how many of today’s women make it to the history pages.