Freedom fighters, India: Women

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Women freedom fighters

The Times of India 26 Jul. 22

Rani Lakshmibai | The Maharani of Jhansi played a pivotal role during the revolt of 1858. Her valour and leadership skills won her fulsome praise even from rival British commanders. Lakshmibai became a symbol of women power and patriotism

Rani Velu Nachchiar | The queen of Sivaganga estate (located in Tamil Nadu) battled the East India Company in the late 18th century and wrenched back her territory. Her heroic and selfsacrificing woman commander Kuyili played a decisive role

Rani Gaidinliu | The Naga leader spent 14 years in jail (1932-46) for opposing the British and urging people not to pay taxes. Last year the process to set up the Rani Gaidinliu Tribal Freedom Fighters Museum at her birthplace began

Rani Chennamma | When the British wanted to grab the princely state of Kittur (in Karnataka) under the pretext that it did not have an heir in 1824, they had not accounted for the fierce armed resistance by its queen Rani Chennamma. Kittur Rani achieved initial success but was later captured and imprisoned

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