In the early part of the Christian Era, when the Vakatakas, Nagas and
Bharasivas held their sway, a Vakataka queen, wife of Rudrasena II ruled independently for
20 years. Regent queen Prabhavati Guptas Poona plate mentions her as the daughter of
Chandra gupta II and Kubera Naga, who ruled independently and issued charters without the
sanction of any extraneous higher atithority.24
To the next category belong Sita Mahadevi and Vijaya, Mahadevi about
whom we have mentioned elsewhere. In the early part of the Christian Era when Bharasivas
were suzerains, we have the seal of Mahadevi Rudramati - Seal No. 30, the last royal
document of the Vakatakas. We do not know whose queen she was; she ruled independently and
coins were struck in her name.
Mediaeval India has furnished us with examples like Rezia, Nurzahan -
and later still, like Chand-bibi of Ahmadnagar, Lakshmi Bai Rani of Jhansi, and Ahalyabai
Holkar of Indore. They made a mark not only in this country but also in the European
world. John Stuart Mill was so highly impressed by them that he quoted their examples with
admiration in his celebrated book Subjection of Women.