The Rani of Jhansi, Rebel Against Will: A Biography of the Legendary Indian Freedom Fighter in the Mutiny of 1857-1858
1857-1858: The British Empire in India is teetering on the brink of collapse in the face of widespread rebellion by native regiments. In the final phase of the Great Indian Mutiny an intrepid young woman rises to lead the mutinying sepoys: Lakshmibai, the
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A PATRIOT PAR EXCELLENCE
By Chitranjan Sawant
The Rani of Jhansi, Rebel Against Will ; thetitle of the book written byRainer Jerosch is a book that tries the Raniof Jhansi as a great warrior and above all a PATRIOT par excellence. It is rather unfortunate that the author fails to give the credit where it is due. I had been dying to read the present book but could not lay my hands on an authentic one. The pirated edition is also hard to possess as it violates the law of the land.
GALVANIZED THE PEOPLE
In my opinion, the biggest quality of Rani Luxmi Bai of Jhansi is Galvanization of the heterogenous people into a homogenus entity. The subjects of Jhansi, a principality ruled by Maharaj Gangadhar Rao belonged to Jhansi but professed different faiths and were, generallyspeaking not as loyal to the ruler as they should have been. Rani Luxmibai accepted this challenge of the Time and worked relentlessly for the upliftment and welfare of her people. It was an eye opener to may. The Rani had achieved her aim and won the loyalty of her subjects irrespective of the faith they professed.
Indeed Rani Luxmibai was the first Leader of the civil society and a military thinker who made Jhansi a Principality to reckon with.She raised and trained a Regiment of Women Warriors who would sarifice their lives,if need be. She trained the Women's Reserve battalion herself and in the war against the East India Comany led her new-fangled women warriors very well.
CHANDI IN BATTLE
She fought ferociously besides providing leadershipfighting shoulder to shoulder with the native army of the Company Bahadur. The patriotic soldiers thought that the Deity of the Hindus called Kali was herself waging war to free Bharat Mata. Although the horse was new in battle but Gurudev had blessed it and at this stage there was no going back. She killed many officers anf men of the East India company. At the critical juncture her new horse refused to jump across a Nala and some Britisher gave her the fatal blow.
Her female soldier companions kept their promise to the Queen Of Jhansi by cremating the body in a nearby Sadhu's Ashram lest the British touch or mutilate her body.
General Sir Hugh Rose ,in his despatch to Fort William, praised the bravery of Rani and recorded that she led her Army remarkably well, better than many male generals of her time.
Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi lived and died for her country and compatriots. Indian citizens will always remember her as a great Queen who loved her people and sacrificed her life for the cause of freedom of her motherland.We bow in remembrance and pay glowing tributed to her bravery and patriotism.
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The Death of a Noble Amazon
Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi in Contemporary Reports
The Beginnings of the Indian Mutiny
The Evil Seed
The Massacre at Jhansi
The Role of the Rani
The Mutiny Reaches its Climax
The Metamorphoses of the Rani
Sir Hugh Rose
A Scouting Foray