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Meet India’s first female superhero – Rani Rudrama Devi

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By Harshmeet Singh

Every now and then a celebrated list comes out containing the names of top women managers around the world. Names like Indra Nooyi, Chanda Kochhar and Shikha Sharma adorn such lists, making us take note of the rising women power in the country where women have historically been seen as ‘inferior’ citizens. But a closer look at the history would tell you that long before these powerful CEOs took over their empires, a number of women rulers in India took on a much tougher role and etched their names in history forever. One such ruler was Rani Rudrama Devi.

South India’s history has been dominated by male rulers. But one exception to this norm was the ruler of Kakatiya Empire in Andhra, Rani Rudrama Devi. Though Ganpathideva lived on till 1269, he decided to hand over the reins of his empire to his 14 year old daughter, Rudrama Devi in 1262 itself. But it was only after the death of her father that Rudrama Devi celebrated her coronation. With no precedent of a woman ruler, Rani Rudrama Devi was bestowed with a male name, ‘Rudradeva’ to continue the tradition of male rulers. She even asked the artists and workers to use her male name in all the inscriptions. She attended all the public meetings dressed as a man so that the people take her seriously.

With the nobles not ready to accept the rule of a woman, they initiated an uprising in the empire which was ably handled and suppressed by Rani Rudrama Devi. Her nearly four decades long rule is widely called the golden period in Andhra’s history. She also completed the construction of the Warangal fort which was commenced by her father. Some historians also believe that Golkonda Fort’s construction was started by Rani Rudrama Devi.

During her rein, the kingdom was attacked by the mighty Yadavas and Cholas. But neither could defeat the warrior Queen. Studies say that since she was brought up as a man and given the kingdom at an extremely young age, she never developed a fondness for arts and music, but she still prescribed her army to practice Shiva Tandavam to keep them fit and battle ready.

True to her warrior image, she died on the battle field in 1289 and left her grandson Prataparudra to the throne of Warangal. Her rule was perhaps one of India’s first brushes with a female ruler and an indication that women rulers are here to stay and shape India’s future.

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Andhra MP Mithun Reddy arrested for slapping Air India official

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New Delhi: YSR Congress MP Mithun Reddy and his aide were arrested by the Andhra Pradesh police as he allegedly slapped an AIR India official at Tirupati airport last November.

MP and his aide were arrested from the Chennai airport in the early Sunday morning. Both were brought to Tirupati where they were produced before a magistrate who sent them to judicial custody for 14 days.

Mithun Reddy is a member of Lok Sabha from Rajampet in Kadapa district.

A case for assaulting a public servant on duty was filed against Mithun Reddy and 15 others at Yerpedu police station at Renigunta near Tirupati on November 27 last year.

The case was registered on a complaint by Rajasekhar, Air India’s station manager at the airport.

Mithun Reddy allegedly entered into an argument with Rajasekhar, after getting angry when the latter declined to issue boarding passes for him and his relatives as the boarding was already closed for the Air India flight to Delhi.

At first, Mithun Reddy had denied the incident but later CCTV camera footage proved otherwise. This is not the first time when an Indian politician is alleged to behave badly with an official. Last month a Haryana Minister also was caught behaving rudely with a lady police officer.(IANS) (Image-Youtube)

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Former MP’s daughter-in-law, 3 grand children killed in fire

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Hyderabad: Daughter-in-law and three grand children of former Congress MP and party candidate for Warangal Lok Sabha by-election, Siricilla Rajaiah, were burnt alive in a fire at his house in Warangal early Wednesday, police said. The daughter-in-law’s family doubt if it was a fire accident.

Sarika and her three children Abhinav, 7, Ayan, 3, and Sriyan, 3, were charred to death in the fire in her bedroom on the first floor of the house.

Fire officials reached the scene and extinguished the fire around 6.30 a.m. Mystery shrouds the cause of the fire as senior police officials began probe from all angles.

Police were questioning Rajaiah’s son Anil as to what happened last night and if he or others were present in the house. He was also being questioned if he had any problems with his wife.

Sarika’s family members in Nizamabad district said they doubt if it was a fire accident. They also ruled out suicide angle, saying Sarika was not a coward.

The Congress had last week named Rajaiah as its candidate for by-election to Warangal (SC) parliamentary constituency scheduled to be held on November 21.

He was elected from the same constituency in 2009 but was defeated last year.

(IANS)

 

 

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Telangana and Andhra pay homage to police martyrs

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Hyderabad: Rich tributes were paid on Wednesday to policemen who laid down their lives in the line of duty on the Police Commemoration Day in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Telangana Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan and Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao laid wreaths at the martyr’s memorial at Goshamahal Stadium, where a parade was held to mark the occasion.

Home Minister N. Narasimha Reddy, Director General of Police Anurag Sharma and senior officials were also present.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said the society would also remain indebted to policemen for providing it the protection and even sacrificing their lives while performing their duty.

Stating that peace is a must for development of the state, the Chief Minister said the government would deal firmly with terrorism, extremism, communalism and white-collar crimes.

KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, said police should work for the development of the newly-created state. He said a foundation stone would be laid soon for a 24-storey command and control centre in Hyderabad.

He announced a string of measures for the welfare of police force. Police constables, head constables, assistant sub-inspectors, home guards and ex-servicemen will be allotted 10 percent houses under two-bedroom housing scheme of the government. House sites will be allocated for sub-inspectors and other police officials.

Annual uniform allowance for police personnel has been increased from Rs.3,500 to Rs.7,500. Housing sites allotted by the government for the families of police martyrs will be exempted from the registration fee.

KCR said since traffic policemen spend several hours in polluted atmosphere to regulate the city traffic, the government has decided to pay them pollution allowance, which will be 30 percent of their basic pay.

Ministers and senior police officials also paid tributes to police martyrs at the functions held at district headquarters.

As many as 443 police personnel laid down their lives this year in India. They include four policemen in Telangana.

In neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and Director General of Police J.V. Ramudu paid tributes at the main official function held in Vijayawada.

Naidu announced Rs.15 crore for the welfare of police personnel. He asked police to be accessible to the poor and those from the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and other weaker sections to solve their problems.

The chief minister said police should be on guard to maintain law and order as it was necessary to bring investments to the state.

(IANS)