The Maharani Post

NPG x129481; Chimnabai II, Maharani of Baroda by Vandyk

A liberal spirit, she was an ardent nationalist and one of the founders of the women’s movement in India. She certainly imbibed some of her non-conformist attitude from her husband Sayajirao Gaekwad. Under him, Baroda became the first princely state to discard the purdah, a move that gave Chimnabai the freedom to pursue her campaign to emancipate women. She presided over the first All-India Women’s Conference in Poona and was co-opted by Sarojini Naidu to assume presidency of the National Council of Women in 1926. [X]

Femme Formidable, Chimnabai II, Maharani of Baroda. Author of The position of women in Indian life (1912). Grandmother of Gayatri Devi. And poster woman for the nauwari.

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7 Responses to The Maharani Post

  1. She is beautifully captured in this lovely old shot 🙂 simply perfect ~ Lakshmi x

  2. She had attitude! What a marvelous photo.

  3. MinaiMinai says:

    This is my favorite photo of her, ever: http://www.mid-day.com/photos/specials/the-vanity-of-kings/maharani-chimnabai/ Thought you might like it 🙂

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