New Delhi: On the 195th birth anniversary of the iconic freedom fighter Rani Lakshmi Bai, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to the legendary figure who fought against the British invasion, becoming a national hero and symbol of Bharat’s resistance.
The Prime Minister praised Rani Lakshmi Bai as a model of the courage displayed by Indian women. He emphasised that her bravery and sacrifices in resisting foreign invasion, particularly during Bharat’s first war of independence in 1857–58, would be revered for generations. Modi highlighted that the Rani of Jhansi’s legacy would forever serve as an inspiration to the citizens of the nation.
Rani Lakshmi Bai, born as Manikarnika on November 19, 1828, in Varanasi, played a pivotal role in Bharat’s fight for freedom. Recognised as the “Rani of Jhansi,” she exhibited remarkable strength, courage, and an unwavering commitment to resisting the oppressive British Empire. She lost her life at the age of 29 in 1858 while campaigning against the British rulers near Gwalior at a location known as Kotah-ki-Serai.