Rani Lakshmi Bai, affectionately called Manu, the queen of the princely state of Jhansi in North India, represents a symbol of resistance to British rule in India. I remember her for protecting her people during the siege of Jhansi. I believe that India’s struggle for freedom started after this.
She was the embodiment of patriotism, self-respect, and heroism. Her life is a thrilling story of womanliness, courage, adventure, deathless patriotism martyrdom. She was proud of not just India but the world’s women.
“Sinhasan hil uthey raajvanshon ney bhrukuti tani thi,
Budhey Bharat mein aayee phir se nayi jawani thi,
Gumee huee azadi ki keemat sabney pehchani thi,
Door phirangi ko karney ki sab ney man mein thani thi.
Chamak uthi san sattavan mein, yeh talwar purani thi,
Bundeley Harbolon key munh hamney suni kahani thi,
Khoob ladi mardani woh to Jhansi wali Rani thi.”
These few lines from famous patriotic poetry explain her and her importance in a nutshell.