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In this last stage of the rebellion, Lakshmibai, now in open revolt, emerged as one of India’s most skilled military leaders……Portrayed as wearing trousers or a sari pulled up between her legs to allow her to ride effectively, she also (according to legend rather than fact) was reputed to ride into battle with the reins in her teeth so both hands were free to wield her sword. Skilled in military strategy as well as combat techniques, she devised plans that if followed by her male colleagues, might have led to victory rather than defeat of the rebellion - at least in that area of India. Women and War: A Historical Encyclopedia from Antiquity to the Present, Bernard A. Cook. 

Without doubt the most famous of India’s women rulers - the “best and the bravest of the rebel leaders” according to the British commander who fought her -  is Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi.  Often portrayed as a virangana, she was not more than 30 when she died in battle during the Rebellion of 1857.

In pic 1 the Rani as a young girl in the television serial on the Rani’s life and in pic 2, the Rani as a young widow in Bharat Ek Khoj. Both the crescent shape and the horizontal line were traditional “bindis” in Maharashtra. 

The accomplishments of India’s women rulers - Razia, Chand Bibi, Ahilyabai Holkar, the Kittur Rani, the Bhopal Begum, Lakshmibai to name a few - were many. And importantly almost all were able administrators. 

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Super Cyclone Phailin, Category 5, peak winds 160mph. Estimated gusts up to 196mph. Landfall is October 12th, and may still be at peak strength.

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Super Cyclone Phailin, Category 5, peak winds 160mph. Estimated gusts up to 196mph. Landfall is October 12th, and may still be at peak strength.

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Black History Lesson: The Siddi people of India

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When people think of Indians, Mohandas Gandhi and Padma Lakshmi often come to mind as stereotypical Indians. Although the black communities of North America and their historical roots are very well-known, the black community of Southeast Asia and their historical roots are known by very few.

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The Siddi people are an ethnic group of about 55,000 living in India, and some parts of The Middle East. Like African Americans and African Caribbeans, the Siddi people are descended from African slaves brought to India. Their ancestors are believed to have come from Southeast Africa (Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique). During slavery, the Siddi community ran away into unknown woods where they built their own communities and were isolated from the rest of India. Today, most Siddis still live in their own communities but have contact with the rest of India. Most of whom practice Sunni Islam, a small minority practice Hinduism and Christianity. 30% of Siddi people have Indian ancestry. The Siddis have incorporated their lost African heritage into many of the traditional Indian culture forced upon them.

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"Long before the infiltrations of the aliens, India’s wealth, culture, architecture, civilization was legendary. The ancient Indians belonged to the Kushsite African race, still numerious in a wide area of the globe, spread from India in the East to Senegal in the West. Of this group of ancient Blacks, the Naga People were and still are the largest subgroup of the Kushitic speaking branch of the Black African race. In fact, the Nagas still retain the title “Naga” in various forms throughout Africa and South Asia even today. There are many examples of the term “Naga” still being used to describe various groups in Africa and Asia, who are all of the Kushitic branch of the Black African race. For example, the Blacks of West Africa were called “Nugarmar-ta.” “Nagomina” is the name of a tribe from West Africa, who
were part of a series of great civilizations which existed in the region before 1000 B.C.
The “Naga,” are another group of people related to India’s Naga people, who live in various parts of East Africa and in the nation of Sudan, the original homeland of all Naga and other Kushitic Black peoples. The word “Nahas” is another word for “Nubian.” Names of tribes and nationalities such as “Nuer,” “Nuba,” “Nubian” are all related to the Naga tribes of India and South Asia. Long before the barbarians infiltrated India, the Blacks (Naga,
Negrito, Negroid and all those belonging to the Negroid-Australoid Black race, as well as pure Negritic racial types ruled India as well as a substantial portion of Asia from Arabia to China and the South Pacific, as well as the Indian Ocean region. In India, the Blacks built one of the world’s most magnificient and glorious civilizations. This civilization had been developing since about 6000 years before Christ. The magnificent cities of Harrappa and Mohenjo-daro are two of the many cities built by these Blacks."

NAGAS: THE ANCIENT WARRIORS & RULERS OF INDIA

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Fifteen rape victims have formed martial arts movement and are prepared to confront abusers if no one listens to their complaints…


A GROUP of women are fighting back against the sickening culture of rape which they say infects India. Fifteen determined females – all victims themselves – have trained in martial arts and are prepared to hand out rough justice if no one listens to their complaints. And the movement, called the Red Brigade, is growing rapidly following the gang rape and murder of medical student Jyoti Singh Pandey that horrified the world.


In a nation where a woman is reportedly raped every 20 minutes, the group’s leader Usha Vishwakarma said: “We are fighting back – and the boot is now on the other foot.” Member Sufia Hashmi, 17, said: “We’ve caught a lot of men recently. I joined because men always used to pass comments on me and touch my body but now we beat them and they run.”


Like the other members in the northern city of Lucknow, 25- year-old Usha has first-hand experience of the daily dangers women face in the huge nation – a teacher tried to rape her when she was 18. She said: “He grabbed me and tried to open my trousers. I kicked him in the crotch and ran.” Usha complained to staff but they told her to forget it and allowed her attacker to carry on teaching. She said: “Many parents tell girls to quit school so there will be no sexual violence. But we said no – this has to stop. We decided to form a group to fight for ourselves, not just complain.”MORE

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Fifteen rape victims have formed martial arts movement and are prepared to confront abusers if no one listens to their complaints…
A GROUP of women are fighting back against the sickening culture of rape which they say infects India. Fifteen determined females – all victims themselves – have trained in martial arts and are prepared to hand out rough justice if no one listens to their complaints. And the movement, called the Red Brigade, is growing rapidly following the gang rape and murder of medical student Jyoti Singh Pandey that horrified the world.
In a nation where a woman is reportedly raped every 20 minutes, the group’s leader Usha Vishwakarma said: “We are fighting back – and the boot is now on the other foot.” Member Sufia Hashmi, 17, said: “We’ve caught a lot of men recently. I joined because men always used to pass comments on me and touch my body but now we beat them and they run.”
Like the other members in the northern city of Lucknow, 25- year-old Usha has first-hand experience of the daily dangers women face in the huge nation – a teacher tried to rape her when she was 18. She said: “He grabbed me and tried to open my trousers. I kicked him in the crotch and ran.” Usha complained to staff but they told her to forget it and allowed her attacker to carry on teaching. She said: “Many parents tell girls to quit school so there will be no sexual violence. But we said no – this has to stop. We decided to form a group to fight for ourselves, not just complain.”MORE

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"Long before the infiltrations of the aliens, India’s wealth, culture, architecture, civilization was legendary. The ancient Indians belonged to the Kushsite African race, still numerious in a wide area of the globe, spread from India in the East to Senegal in the West. Of this group of ancient Blacks, the Naga People were and still are the largest subgroup of the Kushitic speaking branch of the Black African race. In fact, the Nagas still retain the title “Naga” in various forms throughout Africa and South Asia even today. There are many examples of the term “Naga” still being used to describe various groups in Africa and Asia, who are all of the Kushitic branch of the Black African race. For example, the Blacks of West Africa were called “Nugarmar-ta.” “Nagomina” is the name of a tribe from West Africa, who
were part of a series of great civilizations which existed in the region before 1000 B.C.
The “Naga,” are another group of people related to India’s Naga people, who live in various parts of East Africa and in the nation of Sudan, the original homeland of all Naga and other Kushitic Black peoples. The word “Nahas” is another word for “Nubian.” Names of tribes and nationalities such as “Nuer,” “Nuba,” “Nubian” are all related to the Naga tribes of India and South Asia. Long before the barbarians infiltrated India, the Blacks (Naga,
Negrito, Negroid and all those belonging to the Negroid-Australoid Black race, as well as pure Negritic racial types ruled India as well as a substantial portion of Asia from Arabia to China and the South Pacific, as well as the Indian Ocean region. In India, the Blacks built one of the world’s most magnificient and glorious civilizations. This civilization had been developing since about 6000 years before Christ. The magnificent cities of Harrappa and Mohenjo-daro are two of the many cities built by these Blacks."

NAGAS: THE ANCIENT WARRIORS & RULERS OF INDIA

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Power, water, patience run low as heat wave hits India

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Associated Press, May 23, 2013

LUCKNOW, India—A blistering heat wave has swept across most parts of north and western India, causing massive electricity cuts and leading angry residents to protest and even attack power company officials and property.

In the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, enraged citizens have set fire to a power station and held power company employees hostage for several hours. Police said Thursday that at least 21 people have been arrested for the violence and for damaging government property.

Uttar Pradesh, home to 190 million people, is India’s most populous state and one of the poorest. Its inadequate energy infrastructure has been unable to cope with the high demand for electricity as temperatures have peaked above 116 degrees Fahrenheit (47 degrees Celsius) in recent days.

The power shortages have left people without air conditioning or fans—and in some cases without water, as electric pumps failed—for hours each day. Uttar Pradesh has only 8,000 megawatts of electricity available against a demand of about 11,000 megawatts, forcing officials to schedule power cuts.

People set fire to a power station to protest power cuts in Bahraich, a town 180 kilometers (112 miles) southeast of state capital Lucknow, while in Gorakhpur town, enraged people held power employees captive for more than 18 hours.

In Lucknow, residents of one neighborhood lost electricity for more than 50 hours. They came out on the streets and staged a protest outside the home of a local lawmaker.

The high temperatures are expected to continue through the week, local weather officials said.

Several neighborhoods in the national capital New Delhi have also suffered several hour-long power cuts this week amid searing temperatures.

Western India also sizzled, with temperatures in parts of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra states hovering between 47 to 48 degrees C (116 to 118 F).

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The Dravidian RaceLeft, head of a Black Man from Mohenjo-daro; right, Panya woman in South India. The Dravidian race consists predominantly of south Indians. They are characterized by their dark complexion, large foreheads and dark hair and eyes. According to experts, this race arrived in India around 3000 B C.Dravidians are believed to be of African origin. Similarities between their complexion, forehead structure and bone structure support this claim. After their settlement in India, they established a very sophisticated culture. Their religion was earth centric and was based on the worship of life-giving forces in nature. They made offerings of plants and herbs to these forces. With the arrival of the Aryans in India around 1500 B C, the Dravidians were forced to move towards the south and central parts of the country. The influence of Aryans in their religion saw a shift from nature-worship to the worship of gods and goddesses based in heaven. Their rituals now involved fire and smoke. The roots of Hinduism were sowed with this radical shift in religion.With the decline in Indus Valley Civilization, the Dravidians established a rich culture in south and central India. Their contribution to the development of language and literature is immense. All the major languages used in south India are of Dravidian origin, Tamil being the root language.

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The Dravidian Race
Left, head of a Black Man from Mohenjo-daro; right, Panya woman in South India. 

The Dravidian race consists predominantly of south Indians. They are characterized by their dark complexion, large foreheads and dark hair and eyes. According to experts, this race arrived in India around 3000 B C.

Dravidians are believed to be of African origin. Similarities between their complexion, forehead structure and bone structure support this claim. After their settlement in India, they established a very sophisticated culture. Their religion was earth centric and was based on the worship of life-giving forces in nature. They made offerings of plants and herbs to these forces. With the arrival of the Aryans in India around 1500 B C, the Dravidians were forced to move towards the south and central parts of the country. The influence of Aryans in their religion saw a shift from nature-worship to the worship of gods and goddesses based in heaven. Their rituals now involved fire and smoke. The roots of Hinduism were sowed with this radical shift in religion.

With the decline in Indus Valley Civilization, the Dravidians established a rich culture in south and central India. Their contribution to the development of language and literature is immense. All the major languages used in south India are of Dravidian origin, Tamil being the root language.

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Kumbh Mela: The Largest Gathering on Earth

Tens of millions of Hindu pilgrims are now descending on Allahabad, India, joining an estimated 8 million already there for the Maha Kumbh Mela. Held every 12 years at one of four places in India, the Kumbh Mela lasts nearly two months and is considered to be an especially auspicious time to bathe in the holy river for purification from sin. In 2001, the last time the festival took place, more than 40 million people gathered in an area smaller than 20 sq km (7.7 sq mi). This year, the predicted number of visitors tops 100 million. Collected here are images from the preparation and first days of the Maha Kumbh Mela, with possibly more to come in the next few weeks.

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Pictures from protests and demonstrations in New Delhi

Thousands of college students, teachers and activists rallied in New Delhi over the weekend, clashing with riot police near the India Gate. The protests were set off by the brutal gang rape of a medical student on a city bus on Dec. 16. (via)

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