To the morally strong, mentally empowered, kind, naturally compassionate, empathetic, happy in their skin and to those women specially who don’t find men as the reference to validate their position but consider them as a important aspect that is equally important in their own special way for successful society. Hence, treating them too with their share of respect. Raising a toast to you. Three cheers. Happy Women’s Day ( Lines by Annie Bhat).
Here’s to the women who made a huge impact, despite the gender-based hurdles they were born with in a place like Kashmir.
1. Queen Dida – the first Kashmir queen
Queen Dida also sometimes called Catherine of Kashmir was ruler of Kashmir from 958 A.D. to 1003 A.D. Her rule represents the peak of women’s power in Kashmir. She has got two series of coins at her credit, one issued with her husband’s name bearing the legend `Di-Kshemagupta’’ and other by her own name as `Didda.
2. Queen Koti Rani
Kota Rani was the last Hindu ruler of Kashmir ruling until 1339. She is credited to have constructed a canal that saved Srinagar city from frequent floods, and called the canal as ‘Kute Kol’.
3. Lal Ded
Lalleshwari aka Lal Ded is attributed as being the creator of the mystic poetry of Kashmir (Vakh), her verses are the earliest compositions of the Kashmiri language. Her work is regarded as the most important part of Kashmiri literature.
Popularly known as the “Iron Lady Of Kashmir”, she’s a symbol of strength, pacifism and human-right activism. She’s the Founder and Chairperson of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in the year 2005.