Many women in the history of India have played an active role in creating the nation as we know it today.
But, the bravest of them were the ones who threw themselves out of their comfort zone, the ones that broke not one but multiple shackles, the ones who gracefully played the role of a queen, a king and became everything the situation demanded them to be.
We’ve all heard stories about Rani Lakshmibai, Raani Padmavati, Meerabai and Mumtaz. They were influential, powerful women and the heroes of their periods. Here is a list of some of the most influential women in the history of time:
She was the princess of the Gupta empire and queen of the Vakataka dynasty. She worked as the regent of her minor sons and the indirect ruler of the dynasty.
Rudrama Devi was a monarch ruler of the Kakatiya dynasty. In the absence of a male ruler, she presided over the throne and ruled exactly like a king.
Razia Sultana, the daughter of Iltutmish, was the first and the last Muslim woman ruler in India. She was strongly criticized by everybody around her but she was daring enough to lift the veil from her face and decided to call herself Sultan instead of Sultana.
We all know about Mumtaz, the beautiful wife of Shahjahan, who is the reason behind the creation of the exquisite Tajmahal.
But her daughter Jahanara was much more influential in her state. She was the mastermind behind the designing and creation of almost half of Old Delhi.
Chand Bibi was the queen of the Bahamani kingdom. She fought against the Mughals with great courage.
Tarabai was a regent of the Maratha empire. She was the daughter in law of Shivaji and had influenced several major political decisions during her period.
She was the wife of the last Hindu ruler of India, Prithvi Raj Chauhan. She was the epitome of beauty with brains and was very influential during her time.
Noorjahan literally means the light of the world. She was the most famous wife of Jahangir, The Mughal emperor.
Jahangir was very fond of alcohol which clearly affected his decision making which is why he couldn’t handle the empire. However, Noorjahan took control and ruled over the empire for quite a period of time.
She was a prominent devotee of Shiva during the Bhakti movement. Some say that she was the queen of the local Jain king. However, some others believe that the marriage did not take place. But what we know for sure is that her poems still remain very important in South Indian Literature.
10.SATI JAYMATI :
She was the queen of the Ahom prince, Gadapani. During the war of succession, the prince was in exile and that’s when Jayamati was interrogated by their rivals. But, she did not let them in on any important details. This set them off and they tortured her for quite a period of time but the courageous woman did not succumb for the sake of the empire as well as the king.
However, it is notable that Sati was not prevalent in northeast India back in the day.
Kanaklata was a 17-year-old girl from Assam, who was shot dead by the Britishers.
In the year 1942, she went to hoist the Indian flag with her group in a police station. She was sacrificed on the way.
12.UDA DEVI :
A rebel of 1857, Uda Devi was a Dalit woman. She fought against the British in support of the oppressed Dalits and women.
Other than the Rani of Jhansi, there were queens like Chinnamma, who participated in the rebellion against the British. She rebelled in 1824 against the doctrine of lapse. She is still very famous in her hometown, Karnataka.
The first Indian woman president of the Indian National Congress, Naidu played a vital role in India’s freedom struggle. She actively participated in politics and worked as a social activist too.
15.ARUNA ASAF ALI:
Last but not least, she was the lady leader of the 1942 Quit India movement. Later, she was elected as the first Mayor of Delhi.