“….She was endowed with all the qualities befitting a king, but she was not born of the right sex and so in the estimation of men all these virtues were worthless”, wrote Minhaj of this 13th century woman monarch.
It has always been men who have dominated history in legendary fables and mythical renditions of the history of South Asia. Very few women have challenged and triumphed over this patriarchal edifice. One such woman who unshackled herself from the societal customs and rose like a star was the beautiful and brave daughter of a Mamluk slave ruler, Raziya Al Din, fondly remembered as Sultan Razia. She changed the course of history when she stood on the ramparts of the Jamia Numa and sought the blessings of the people to overthrow her incompetent brother, Ruknuddin. Her brief tryst with the throne was shrouded in battling conspiracies and despite the odds stacked against her she managed to provide the people of Delhi a just and prosperous life.
Come join the Karavan on the 12th of June at azeem Khan tomb to hear the stories of the ascension, subsequent dethronement, exile and the continuous struggle of this venerated daughter of Delhi who today lies in a decrepit tomb in the walled city but whose name has not been consumed by the vagaries of time and minted in eternity in the “Pillar of Women.”
“इस दास्ताँ के कुछ ख़ास किरदार..
ख़्वाजा क़ुतुबुद्दीन बख़्तियार काकी
चितकबरे गधे वाले फ़कीर बाबा क़ाज़ीमुद्दीन ज़ाहिद
एक ग़रीब अम्मा
बेगम जहाँ शाह ए तुर्कान बेगम
क़ुव्वत मुल्क मालिक याक़ूत
और महल सरा के गुलाम, बांदियां और ख्वाजा सरा
Note : storytelling will be done in zabaan e Dehli Hindi/Urdu Only
Date & Time: 12th June 2016 / 5: 45PM, 8:00 PM
Meeting point: Qutub Minar Ticket Counter (Google Maps:http://goo.gl/maps/kjYW
Baithak venue: Azeem Khan Tomb ,1 km from meeting point.
BEST WAY TO REACH: Take the Metro till Qutb Minar on the Yellow Line (Gurgaon-Jahangirpuri Track), cross to the other side of MG Road and then take an Auto-rickshaw (Rs 30) to the Qutub Minar Ticket counter.
ESSENTIALS TO WEAR & CARRY:
1- Comfortable walking shoes.
2- A bottle of drinking water.