“Don’t dismay about being defeated from your oppositions, make the strategies to tremble their cold feet.”
Eternity back, numerous of wars took place. They were steered by our heroes and one of the greatest hero was Rani Lakshmi Bai, one who was courageous and fierce in all aspects. She made her name an evidence as a freedom fighter in the Indian History of Struggle for Independence.
She was born in 1828 in a Maratha family in Varanasi. During her childhood, she was known by the name Manikarnika. With her education she took prescribed way of study in martial arts which included horse riding, shooting and fencing.
In 1842, at the age of 7 she got married to Gangadhar Rao, the King of Jhansi. When she was married, she was called as Lakshmi Bai. In 1851, she gave birth to a son but unfortunately the child couldn’t sustain to life for more than 4 months. After some time had passed, Gangadhar Rao fell sick and became very feeble. As they were aware of the Britishers that they may take the advantage Maharaja’s weakness and can invade the State so they adopted a son and named him Damodar Rao. As per the Hindu tradition, Damodar Rao was their legal heir. On 21st November 1853, Maharaja Gangadhar Rao passed away.
During that period, Lord Dalhousie was the Governor General of British India. Though Damodar Rao was their legal heir but the British rulers refused to accept him. Acoording to Doctrine of Lapse, Lord Dalhousie decided to grasp the state of Jhansi as they were aware of lack of experience of Lakshmi Bai. They offered her Rs. 60,000 as compensation and asked her to leave the palace. But Lakshmi Bai was so strong-minded to safeguard Jhansi that she formed an army of their own and decided to have battle with the Britishers. The army not only had of the men, but the women were also a part of it. Women were given military training to fight a battle. With arms and equipments, the women were also supplying food to the people in urgency. Lakshmi Bai not only safeguarded Jhansi from Britishers but also from its neighbouring states.
From September to October 1857, she fought with Kings of Orchha and Datia. In 1858, Britishers invaded Jhansi. They smashed and grabbed common people, comprising of women and children. Lakshmi Bai tied her son Damodar Rao on her back and militaristically started battling with swords. She asked Peshwas to extend a helping hand towards her state against the Britishers. Peshwa agreed to support her by sending his army. When the army was attacked by Britishers, Lakshmi Bai confidence boosted and came in front and fought. Her attack decelerated the British Army.
On June 18, Britishers captured Gwalior entirely from all the sides. Lakshmi Bai was predetermined to battle with the enemies not giving a single thought of submission of herself to the Britishers. She started battling furiously, but unfortunately she fell down from her horse during the battle and her blood started shedding. Her sincere and hard-core servants took her to Gangadas Mutt and gave her ‘Gangajal’.
She had a last wish that she should not be touched by any Britisher and thereupon she was burnt by misanthrope at an early age of 23.
Though she wasn’t able to have victory over the Britishers but her bravery and hero like character listed her name in the list of great freedom fighters. This story gifts us noble moral, that no matter what gender we belong to, if our love for the roots of our land is unconditional then we the fighter and struggler will take birth whenever there’s a desire for that.