By Neha KirpalHistorian Ira Mukhoty’s first book Heroines: Powerful Indian Women of Myth and History (Aleph, 2017) consisted of tales of mythical heroines including Draupadi, Radha and “six real women who played extraordinary roles but who weren’t written into textbooks”. Her second, Daughters of the Sun: Empresses, Queens and Begums of the Mughal Empire (Aleph, 2018) was about the disappeared women of the great Mughals.In her newest work, Akbar: The Great Mughal (Aleph, 2020), she moves away from a female-centric theme but does highlight the role of women in the making of the emperor.Close Ira Mukhoty. related news Jindal-Tsinghua India Immersion Programme Fosters Better Sino-Indian People-to-people Exchanges Delhi turns 100, celebrations begin The Delhi-based author, who studied in Delhi and Cambridge, talks to us about untold tales of mythical heroines and Mughal queens, and their relevance in contemporary times.Which were your favourite stories from your first book, Heroines?Some of the little known facts about women I discovered while writing Heroines were facts that were uncomfortable within the conservative narrative they were usually framed in, and so were gradually erased and forgotten.Rani Laxmibai is deified for dying a warrior’s death but it is forgotten that she would have preferred to live,… Read full this story
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