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Celebrating South Asian Heritage Month with Which?

Category: Cultural Heritage, South Asian Culture, South Asian Heritage, South Asian History

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South East Asian Heritage month is celebrated between 18th July to 17th August and aims to celebrate South Asian cultures and History. This year to celebrate this time we spoke with some of our colleagues to find out their South Asian Inspirational figures. Meera Liladhar (Supporter Engagement Executive) shared hers below:

‘One of my inspirational South Asian historical figures is the influential Lakshmi Bai. She’s also known as India’s warrior Queen and was the epitome of feminism before the concept was even born and given a name.

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Lakshmi Bai - India’s warrior Queen

‘Thanks to her father’s political influence, she grew up with more independence than most women during her time; training in sword fighting, martial arts and riding. Along with her rejecting a sexist system of oppression, she overcame political, personal and other social barriers and led the resistance to British invading forces in the 1850s. Lakshmi Bai died in battle aged 22, and decades after, she became a symbol of freedom in India’s 1947 battle for independence.

‘Her progressive views on women’s empowerment and her fight sends a powerful message to women and girls that their intelligence and willpower is ever present and critical in rising above the limiting societal ‘norms’ of today.’

 

Meera Liladhar Meera Liladhar, Supporter Engagement Executive

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