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20-November -2023

1. Prime Minister pays tributes to Rani Lakshmibai on her birth anniversary

Topic: GS1 – Indian modern history.

Context:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Rani Lakshmibai on her birth anniversary.
  • Rani Lakshmibai is recognized as a symbol of Indian women’s bravery.
  • The Prime Minister expressed heartfelt condolences to honor her legacy.

Rani Lakshmibai

Birth and Early Life:

  • Rani Lakshmibai, born as Manikarnika, was born on November 19, 1828, in Varanasi.
  • She belonged to a Marathi Brahmin family and was named Manu Bai.

Marriage to Maharaja of Jhansi:

  • Married Raja Gangadhar Rao, the Maharaja of Jhansi, at the age of 14.
  • Named Lakshmibai after marriage and became the Queen of Jhansi.

Tragedies and Widowhood:

  • Faced personal tragedies with the death of her son shortly after birth and her husband in 1853.
  • The British East India Company annexed Jhansi, citing the Doctrine of Lapse, refusing to recognize her adopted son as the heir.

Courageous Leadership:

  • Rani Lakshmibai displayed exceptional courage and leadership during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
  • She actively led her army against the British forces during the Siege of Jhansi.

Legacy and Symbolism:

  • Rani Lakshmibai is remembered as a symbol of resistance against colonial rule and women’s empowerment.
  • Her fearless and valiant efforts in the face of adversity have made her an iconic figure in Indian history.

Death in Battle:

  • Rani Lakshmibai died in battle on June 17, 1858, fighting against the British in Gwalior.
  • Her legacy lives on as a symbol of bravery and patriotism, inspiring generations to come.

Source: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1977950

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