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Rebel Queen – A Thorn in the Crown

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The film Rebel Queen tells the remarkable story of the last Sikh ruler of Lahore – a fearless Maharani who waged two wars against British rule in India. She is an inspiring figure for young Asian women today.


An Indian woman wearing a crinoline over her traditional clothes, and emeralds and pearls under her      bonnet, walks in Kensington Gardens in 1861. She is the last Sikh queen of Lahore, the capital of the Punjab empire, and her name isJindanKaur. She died two years later, in 1863, and was buried in west London.


MaharaniJindan Kaur's life – much of which was spent raging against the British empire for cheating her out of the Punjab, then a vast country stretching from the Khyber Pass to Kashmir – is the subject of a film called 'The Rebel Queen', which premiered at New York's International Sikh film festival and is set to be shown in the UK in February.
Her revolt began when her husband, the last Maharaja of  Punjab, died of a stroke in 1839 and the British tried to…