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10 Badass Sikh Women in History by Lakhpreet Kaur


Oftentimes, women’s contributions are overlooked because, for the most part, it is men who write history.

In India, women of the Sikh faith have fought, ruled, taught and served for centuries. They have managed organizations, guided communities and led revolts. These accomplishments are admirable in their own right, and they are even more impressive when viewed in the context of the intense patriarchy and cultural misogyny against which these women were working.

We know about some women, but there are others whose stories have been lost to time.

Here are 10 badass Sikh women of history who have shaped our world and whose legacies inspire us today. Armed with the Sikh belief in social justice and gender equality, these women paved the way for a more just and compassionate world.

(Note: Many of the women have the last name Kaur. They are not necessarily related. Many women of the Sikh faith share the name Kaur as a way to indicate equality and sisterhood. The 10th Sikh Guru, or prophet, asked all Sikhs to adopt a collective name reserved for royal families to signify the inherent equality and nobility of every individual: Kaur for women and Singh for men. This challenged the Indian caste system, in which traditional family last names were used to signify one’s social status, and undermined the patriarchal practices of taking the husband’s name.)

1) The Freedom Fighter: Gulab Kaur (1890–1941)

Coming from a poor family, Gulab Kaur and her husband, Man Singh, sought a better future. So, from Punjab, India, they went to Manila, Philippines, with the ultimate aim of migrating to America. In Manila, Gulab Kaur heard lectures by the Ghadar Party, an organization founded by Punjabi Indians abroad with the aim to liberate India from British Rule.  She was inspired to join the movement and, with a press pass in hand and disguised as a journalist, she distributed arms to Ghadar Party members. Gulab Kaur also encouraged others to join the Ghadar Party by distributing independence literature and delivering inspiring speeches to Indian passengers of ships. She was ultimately sentenced to two years in prison in Lahore (present-day Pakistan) for seditious acts.

the rest of this fascinating article over at  :MSblog a blog well worth perusing for all kinds of interesting things 🙂










10 Quirky Floating Sculptures That Caught the World’s Eyes

What do artists think about when they create humongous versions of things we don’t really care about? If their goal is to catch everyone’s attention and be the talk of the social media world, looks like they’ve been doing a great job. For this list, we’ve collected ten quirky sculptures around the world that floated through lakes and rivers while entertaining – and also pissing off – the public. These sculptures prove that you can never underestimate art and its effectiveness in sending a message.

1. The Rubber Duck

Photo Credit: ddsnet

full article and great photographs at “When On Earth”

Robin Williams’ widow says his health was a nightmare

Robin and Susan Williams in 2012

Comedian Robin Williams had health problems that would have killed him within three years if he had not ended his own life, his widow has said.

In her first interview since the actor died last August, Susan Williams said her husband was “disintegrating before my eyes” in the weeks before his death.

“We were living a nightmare,” she told ABC’s Good Morning America.

He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and had signs of a condition known as dementia with Lewy bodies.

The condition is caused by deposits of an abnormal protein called Lewy bodies inside brain cells, which disrupt the brain’s normal functions.

It can interfere with memory, judgement, movement, concentration and visual perception, according to the NHS.

“If Robin was lucky, he would’ve had maybe three years left,” Mrs Williams said. “And they would’ve been hard years. And it’s a good chance he would’ve been locked up.”

full article and video at The BBC

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