English_Master April 10, 2016 No Comments
LION LADY LAKSHMI BAI RANI OF  JHANSI Said Mahatma, “Women are not the weaker sex!” Perhaps he had read tales about many warrior women like, Razia Sultana, Rani Chennamma and Rani of Jhansi, Lakshmi Bai, who fought against the warped justice of the British. Rani of Jhansi, Lakshmi Bai, formerly known as Manikarnika, fondly called as Manu, was born in 1830 in a wealthy Brahmin family. Apart from studies, at an early age she was trained in horse riding, fencing and other martial arts. At 17, she got married to the Maharaja of Jhansi, Raja Gangadhar Rao, aged 57 years, then. It was he who named her as Rani Lakshmi Bai. Years later, she gave birth to a male baby. But as fate would have it, the child died at the infant stage! Now the royal couple was deprived of an heir. However, they adopted a male child, or otherwise the greedy British would annex that land! Meanwhile, the aged Maharaja died. Rani quickly arranged for the coronation of their adopted child. But the British declined her request based on, “Doctrine of Lapse.” It was a minor child and that too, not a direct descent of the royal couple. They even refused to pay the annual pension of Rs....
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