Jhansi Rani Lakhsmi Bai brought glory to
the women of Indian, nay to the women of the world. Her life was sacred hymn. Her life is
a thrilling story of womanliness, courage, adventure, deathless patriotism and martyrdom.
She was a woman although in her tender body there was a lions spirit. But she was
well versed in statesmanship. Like all women she was weak. But when she went to war and
took up arms she was the very embodiment of the War Goddess Kali. She was beautiful and
frail. But her radiance made men diffident. She was young in years. But her foresight and
firm decisions were mature.
When, after growing up under the loving care of her father, she entered her
husbands house she became an ideal wife. ON the death of her husband although she
lost interest in life she did not forget her responsibilities. She was a staunch Hindu;
but, because she was tolerant of other religions, when she led an army in a Great War,
Muslims followed her first as the Hindu did.
Lakhsmi Bai lived but for 22 years and seven months from the 19 th of November
1835 to the 18th of June 1858; she flashed and disappeared like lightning on a
The words of the British General Sir Hugh Rose, who fought against the Rani several
times and was defeated again and again, and finally defeated the Rani (who became the
victim of circumstances) bear witness to her greatness:
"Of the mutineers the bravest and the greatest commander was the Rani."