English_Master April 16, 2016 No Comments
MY FAVOURITE HEROINE OF INDIAN HISTORY MADAM BHIKHAJICAMA A century in the history of a nation is not a long period. But when we try to remember our heroes or heroines we go beyond this period either to the period of Muslim invasions or the olden periods of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Thus Sita, Draupadi or Jijabai and Ahalyabai would come to our mind. There were many like Chennamma, Rudramba, Mayannalla, and Yakka in the South. Padmini is remembered is Rajasthan. Reaching the 19th century we remember Jhansi ki Rani Laxmi Bai. She sacrificed her life fighting the British in the first war of independence in 1857. Only four years after this war was born a bright star in Bombay in an affluent (very rich) Parsi family in Bombay in 1861. The father was so rich that he left 13 lakhs rupees to each of his eight daughters. After the 1857 was there was a resurgence of a new class of freedom fighters-educated middle class Indians influenced by Western ideas. Although Bhikhaiji belong to this group she was influenced by the spiritual revival and reawakened pride in ancient heritage by Swami Dayanand and Vivekananda, Bhikhaiji was a religious lady. But she was keen interest in poli­tics—so much so that she was...
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