#ShernisOfPunjab - Queens Of The Sikh Empire
The name and reputation of Maharajah Ranjit Singh, the ruler of the 19th century Sikh Empire, is famous worldwide but what about the women who helped to build and protect this Kingdom? In our online talk #ShernisOfPunjab, Priya Atwal shares fascinating insights into the lives of women from the Maharajah's circle and the critical roles they played in Punjab politics and state formation in the early 19th century. It will encourage you to consider the rise and fall of the Sikh Empire in a whole new light.
Please note: The talk link will be shared a couple of days before the event
About the speaker:
Dr Priya Atwal is a historian and author. Her research interests lie in the subjects of empire, monarchy and cultural politics, particularly across Britain and South Asia. She obtained her doctorate at the University of Oxford, where she now holds a post as a Community History Fellow. She has also taught History at Oxford and King’s College London.Her first book, Royals and Rebels: The Rise and Fall of the Sikh Empire, was published in India by HarperCollins in March 2021. It uncovers the story of the powerful Punjabi women and overlooked children who forged a dynasty to rival the Mughals and the British, in the competitive world of nineteenth-century Indian politics.