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Remembering Indomitable Spirit And Valour Of Rani Lakshmibai!

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The warrior Queen of Jhansi, Rani Lakshmi Bai's undying spirit has inspired the entire nation. Even after years of her martyrdom, the country is highly indebted to her unparalleled contribution to Indian independence.

The epitome of courage, bravely fought in the Indian Rebellion of 1857 against the British with head held high and lost her life without losing her dignity. Born on November 19, 1828, to a Maratha Brahman family, she was named Manikarnika.

After losing her mother at the age of 4, she was homeschooled. Her studies included shooting, horsemanship and fencing which prepared her for the unseen battle, she had to fight in the future.

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Post marrying Gangadhar Rao Newalkar, the King of Jhansi in 1842, her name was changed to Lakshmibai, from where her memorable journey as the Queen of Jhansi also started. Losing her husband at the young age of 18 took a toll on her, which became an opportunity to seize for Britishers.

When she refused to abdicate the Jhansi Fort on the Britishers' orders, her Kingdom was attacked but instead of bowing down, she fought till her last breath. Not able to see any other way to escape the enemy, she asked a hermit to burn her body and was later cremated by a few locals.

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She inspired many writers to pen down her story including 'Rebel Queen' author Michelle Moran, 'Manu' and 'Queen of Glory' potboiler Christopher Nicole along with Jaishree Misra who wrote 'Rani' among many others.

Many television series and films have been made to pay tribute to the warrior Queen. The latest being 'Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi' starring Kangana Ranaut helmed by Krish. The film will revolve around the life of Rani Laxmi Bai and her wae against the British East India Company.