Women Against the Raj: The Rani of Jhansi Regiment

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Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2008 - History - 132 pages
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This is a ground-breaking history of the Rani of Jhansi Regiment, part of the Indian National Army led by Bengali revolutionary Subhas Chandra Bose during World War II. The Regiment, a hitherto forgotten part of "the Forgotten Army," was composed largely of teenage volunteers from Malayan rubber estates, girls who had never seen India yet were eager to enlist to liberate India from colonial bondage. Bose, creator of the Regiment, connected a historical thread extending from the original Rani of Jhansi, killed in battle by the British in 1858, through Bengali women revolutionaries of the 1930s, to the Regiment, which he hoped would spearhead the liberation of India. The Rani of Jhansi Regiment provides a model of empowerment relevant for contemporary Indian women.
  

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Contents

The Historical Rani
1
Bengali Nationalism
10
Bengali Women Revolutionaries
20
Subhas Chandra Bose
32
The Indian National Army
44
Volunteers from the Malayan Rubber Estates
60
The Rani of Jhansi Regiment
71
Deployed to Burma
88
After the War
99
Conclusion
107
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