Born as Manikarnika and famous as Rani Lakshmi Bai is one of the Indian warriors who have no match at all. She was as brave as Devi Durga and as intelligent as Devi Saraswati. It is not wrong to say that she was the only one of her kind.
Rani Lakshmi Bai who fought for her rights is an inspiration for many of us. We can not forget this brave and heroic personality who impacted the Indians as well as the world. She accepted death but did not let her enemies even touch her. She deserves a huge salute from all of us.
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Hello, all of you who are present here.
First of all, I want to wish you all the best wishes for the day and also want to thank you for having me this great opportunity to share my thoughts on a very brave lady- Rani Lakshmi Bai. Let me start from the beginning.
Bravery does not favour any specific gender. This was the lesson that Rani Lakshmi Bai has taught the world. She was so courageous that even her enemies have sung her glory. India is blessed to have such a brave woman who sacrificed her life but did not give up.
Rani Lakshmi Bai or Manikarnika was born on 19th November 1828 to Moropant Tambe and Bhagirathi Tambe at Kashi (Varanasi). When she was only four years old, her mother passed away. After the death of her mother, she and her father moved to Bithoor where she was brought up by her father in the palace of Peshwa Baji Rao. She grew up as a beautiful, smart and brave girl.
Since her childhood, she was very fond of learning horse riding, sword fighting, Shooting and martial arts. She was also a passionate reader. She practised sword fights with Rao Sahib, Nana Sahib, Tantia Tope, and other boys who came to Peshwa’s court. Her presence of mind was exceptional.
In the year 1842, at the age of fourteen Manikarnika was married to the Maharaja of Jhansi, Gangadhar Rao Newalkar. According to the Maharashtrian tradition, women were given a new name after marriage. So, she was called Rani Lakshmi Bai afterwards.
She became the queen of Jhansi after she married the King of Jhansi. After the death of the Maharaja, the British government annexed her Jhansi to its territory. Then she decided to get it back and she fought against British rule.
In 1857, the first rebellion began against British rule, The rani of Jhansi took part in it. She captured the Jhansi fort on June 7, 1857, and began to rule as a Regent on behalf of her minor son, Damodar Rao. On 20th March 1958, the British sent a giant force under Sir Hugh Rose in order to recapture Jhansi.
A fierce battle took place in which both parties suffered grave losses. She was supported by Tantia Tope. Eventually the British recaptured the fort by betrayal. Soon, with the help of Tantia Tope and Rao Sahib, she captured the Gwalior fort from Jivaji Rao Scindia.
Scindia requested British support and they willingly extended their support. In the battle, she fought bravely and with gallantry heroism. She was wounded by one of the English horsemen and collapsed. She was martyred on 18th June 1858 at Kotah-ki-Serai in Gwalior.
Rani Lakshmi Bai is a glorious example of patriotism and national pride. She is an inspiration and an admiration for a lot of people.
Thank you for having listened to my words. I hope you liked my speech.
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