Contribution of Women During Early Days of Independence Struggle
India has a long history, incredibly strong story on how our characters shaped us. People from all sections of the societies played an instrumental role in success of India, specially during early Independence Day struggles.
On this International Women’s Day, we look at some our women leaders who took swords against British empire to protect their family and empire, this list wont be exhaustive for sure.
The role played by women in the War of Independence (the Great Revolt) of 1857 was creditable and invited the admiration even leaders of the Revolt. Rani of Ramgarh, Rani Jindan Kaur, Rani Tace Bai, Baiza Bai, Chauhan Rani, Tapasvini Maharani daringly led their troops into the battlefield.
Rani of Ramgarh, Avantibai
Rani Avantibai (or Avanit Bai Lodhi) (died March 20, 1858)was a brave and was the wife of Vikramaditya Singh, the ruler of the Indian state of Ramgarh. She was a Lodhi-tribe warrior-queen in the area now known as Madhya Pradesh. When he died, leaving his wife with no heir, the British placed Ramgarh under their administration. Avantibai vowed to fight the British to regain her land and her throne.
She raised an army of four thousand and personally led it against the British in 1857. When, after a few months’ struggle, she saw that her defeat was imminent, she killed herself with her own sword.
Rani Jindan Kaur
Maharani Jind Kaur was the youngest wife of the first Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, Ranjit Singh. After the assassinations of Ranjit Singh’s first three successors, Duleep Singh came to power in September 1843 at the age of 5 and Jind Kaur became Regent on her son’s behalf.
After the Sikhs lost the First Anglo-Sikh War she was replaced in December 1846 by a Council of Regency, under the control of a British Resident. However, her power and influence continued and, to counter this, the British imprisoned and exiled her.
Rani Baiza Bai
After the death of Daulatrao, Maharani Baiza Bai ruled the Scindia dynasty, saving it from the British power, till the adopted child Jankoji Rao took over the charge. Jankoji died in 1843.
Jhansi ki Rani, rani of the Maratha-ruled Jhansi State, symbol of resistance to the rule of the British East India Company.