Didda: The Warrior Queen of Kashmir
Author: Ashish Kaul
9789353333782 | PB | pp. 295 | 2019 | Rupa Publications
This is the true story of Didda, the forgotten Queen of Kashmir, who ruled for forty years, taking it to glorious heights and making it the most powerful kingdom in medieval Asia.
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A girl abandoned by her parents. A disabled princess who fights all odds to become the most feared warrior queen. A woman almost forced into sati by her trusted prime minister. A mother whose son brands her as a witch. This is the story of Rani Didda, the forgotten Hindu queen of undivided Kashmir. History is often unkind and cruel to women, especially women who wield power. Trampled by wars and religious crusades, lies hidden the story of a glorious woman who was considered a harbinger of bad times when she was born but went on to become a legendary warrior – the saviour of Srinagaram, the capital city of Kashmir. This is the untold story of a woman’s rise to power during the tenth century. The legend of Didda is entwined with a life of solitary struggles against prejudice and patriarchy. She eventually went on to rule the unified Kashmir encompassing the Lohar Kingdom and Kashmir for a period of forty-four years, taking it to glorious heights and making it the most powerful kingdom in medieval Asia. The foundation laid by Didda helped Kashmir defeat the dreaded warlord Mahmud of Ghaznavi twice.
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