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Source: archive.org: Rajatarangini (Ranjit Sitaram Pandit) (history)

Kashmir Women during and after Kalhana’s time.—The women of Kashmir have been famous for their loveliness; Marco Polo had heard of their beauty in Central Asia, but the first European who has left us an account of it is the Frenchman Bernier. He writes: “The people of Kachemire are proverbial for their complexions and fine forms. They are well made as the Europeans, and their faces have neither the Tartar flat nose nor the small pig eyes that distinguish the natives of Kacheguer, and which generally mark those of Great Tibet. The women especially are very handsome; it is from this country that nearly every individual, when first admitted to the court of the Great Mogol, selects wives or concubines, that his children may be whiter than the Indians and pass for genuine Mogols.

Women had already emerged from the domestic into the political stage, were free, owned immovable property, managed their own estates and even fought at the headof their troops. One of these brave ladies has, curiously enough, the ancient Iranian name of Silla. Buddhism, no doubt, accounted for the superior status of women which they still retain wherever Buddhism survives as in Burmah, Kashmir state and its neighbouring hills.

Kalhana’s views on the relationship between the sexes are not the least interesting part of his book. [...] Kalhana, when he wrote his poem, must have been in the half-way house of life with wide experience of men and women. His references to monogamy show his admiration of the ancient Aryan and Brahmanical ideal which the people of India, barring the ruling princes, have recognized since the age of the hero of the Ramayana.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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