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The Women Who Ruled India: Leaders. Warriors. Icons.

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'People say that I am a quarrelsome woman...'TARABAI, MARATHA QUEEN (1675-1761) The history of ... Read More

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'People say that I am a quarrelsome woman...'

The history of India, more often than not, is a history of the men who were in charge. Largely forgotten are the women who, even centuries earlier, shaped the fates of entire kingdoms.
  In The Women Who Ruled India, writer and researcher Archana Garodia Gupta revives 20 such powerful figures from the archives, offering us a glimpse of their fascinating lives. Among them are Begum Samru, a courtesan who went on to become the head of a mercenary army and the ruler of Sardhana; Didda of Kashmir, known for her keen political instinct and a ruthlessness that spared no one; Rani Abbakka of Ullal, the fearless queen who took on Portuguese colonizers in their heyday; and Rani Mangammal of Madurai, the famed administrator who built alliances at a time when going to war was the order of the day.
These women and others like them built roads, instituted laws and were generous patrons of the arts and sciences. Their stories of valour and diplomacy, leadership and wit continue to inspire today. Peppered with anecdotes that showcase little-known facets of their personalities, the accounts in this book celebrate heroic rulers who - 'quarrelsome' though they might have been - were iconoclasts: unafraid to forge new paths.


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Title: The Women Who Ruled India: Leaders. Warriors. Icons.
Author: Archana Garodia Gupta
Publisher: Hachette India
ISBN: 9789351951520
SKU: BK0427092
EAN: 9789351951520
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Reading age : All Age Groups

About Author

Archana Garodia Gupta was raised in New Delhi and holds an MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad. She is an established national quizzer and regularly writes articles on history and business for various magazines. She was, until recently, the national president of the FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO), where she set up programmes for the empowerment of Indian women.

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