What were the most ‘badass’ moments of history?

It is the year 926 AD in Northeastern China. The founder of the Liao Khitan Empire, Yelu Abaoji (阿保機) had just passed away. Before passing away, though, he named his eldest son, Yelu Bei (耶律倍) to be the next emperor. However, his wife, Empress Dowager Shulu Ping, had other plans. She wanted the second son, Yelu Deguang, to become the emperor instead.

While everyone was busy mourning the loss of the previous emperor, the Empress Dowager gathered all of the top court officials and asked them, this question: “Do all of you miss my late husband?” Since all the men there had worked with Abaoji for several years or decades, all of them replied, “yes”. To which the Empress Dowager responded: “Then go join my husband in the afterlife so that he won’t be lonely!” As a result, almost all of the court officials were murdered. This sounds like such a *** reason to *** people, but the thing is, the previous emperor had just died. The Empress Dowager saw this as the perfect opportunity to purge the court and start politics again with a clean state.

Finally, there was just one guy left, Zhao Siwen (趙思溫). The Empress Dowager summoned him to court, and once again, asked Zhao to join Abaoji in the afterlife. Zhao, however, thought that this was his last moment, so he decided to be a badass; he replied straight to her face: “Your Highness, you were the previous emperor’s beloved wife. He loved you more than anything else. I, on the other hand, am just an official who had worked for him. If you truly don’t want your husband to be lonely in the afterlife, rather than sending me there, perhaps YOU should go join your husband.

Empress Dowager Shulu was shocked at this response. Needless to say, she was completely unprepared for such an awesome comeback. After fumbling for a bit, she lamely came up with an excuse: “My sons are still young; they need a mother, so I will join my husband when my sons are old enough to take care of themselves.” (This is a lie; all three of her sons were adults by that time, with the oldest being almost 30 years old!)

As a result, not only did Zhao Siwen put the Empress Dowager in her place, she spared him from execution, and finally, she chopped off one of her own arm as a form of atonement. Talk about a badass way of escaping from death!

Asked on January 2, 2019 in History.
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    • Indira Gandhi and Indian army did the most badass thing during 1970s. Even Nixon could not hold his frustration and called Indira an old witch.
    • This was an era when India was recovering from Chinese war defeat of 1962.
    • Indian army was carefully examining the situation of Mukti-Vahini in East Pakistan in 1969-70..

    Pakistan had befriended China (an enemy of India). US and UK led NATO has soft corner for Pakistan. Pakistani army was the pawn they were planning to use against USSR.

    Pakistan had attacked India several time and each time when India retaliated, US and UK prevented them from bigger damage.

    Pakistan had been involved in barbaric treatment with Bangladeshis. Genocide and *** was common.

    India had sensed that this is the best time to *** 2 birds with one stone. Not only they can help Mukti-Vahini but also teach Pakistan a bitter lesson.

    Pakistan/US plan to contain India

    But Pakistan was supported by USA and UK. Not only they had there warship ready in Indian region, they also called up China to attack India from eastern region while Pakistan would attack from Western front. This will give enough time to existing Pakistan army in East Pakistan to brutally control Bangladeshis and Mukti-Vahini. Meanwhile, their warship will reach bay of Bengal and India will be frustrated.

    Indira and Indian army – the badass

    Scene – 1

    Field Marshall Manekshaw’s words brought adrenaline rush in Indira Gandhi. India has his plan ready. The flag bearer of non-align movement India called up the USSR.

    Scene 2

    India explained USSR that with US and UK reaching bay of Bengal would mean dominance of US/NATO in south Asia and with China dancing on US tune means USSR loosing in its own territory.

    Scene 3

    USSR was convinced with Indian’s agenda. USSR called China and asked to remain a silent spectator. This was a mighty *** because now India could use eastern forces into Bangladesh. China had no intention to get into fight of world’s super powers.

    Scene 4

    Russia surfaced it’s warship in Indian ocean. US and UK which were planning to mobilise it’s warship toward war-zone got a cold feet.

    Until this time, their mere presence was enough to make India go back to its dane but they never realized that this is more like world war 3 with Russia joining India.

    Scene 5

    US and UK paused their plan and went to huddle to reassess the impact and possibly casualty in this regard. Avoiding a major war looked like best option and they got busy in high level meeting.

    Scene 6

    Pakistan army was mercilessly getting beaten up by Indian army on both eastern and western border. Mukti-Vahini was taking giant step to free entire community and Bangladesh/eastern Pakistan. Pakistani army was confused why China and US/UK had not intervened by then?

    Scene 7

    While western border fight was an open battle were India defeated Pakistan openly, fight in East Pakistan was sensitive. Indian army active and open participation was restricted to few days. The longer fight had taken, the more chances were their for US forces to be there. If USSR and mended with its counter part super power, India’s participation would have invited more troubles. But Mukti-Vahini and Indian forces won this tricky battle in just few days

    Bangladesh was liberated

    Scene 8

    “why to cry on spilled milk” – felt UK and US. Indian army ensured smooth transition but from outside of border. This left no room for US and UK to play emotional game to favor Pakistan.


    “hope you enjoyed it”.

    Bonus – not long it took for Indian scientist and Indira Gandhi to secretly succeed Nuke test in 1974 despite US pressure.old witch yeah.

    44 years down the line, India has proved his commitment by not even using nuke word during any war or during any terrorist attack whereas our neighbour use it day and night.LOL.

    Answered on January 8, 2019.
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