A very good morning to one and all present here. Today, I will be giving a short speech on the topic of ‘Rani Lakshmi Bai’.
Rani Lakshmi Bai is famously known as the great “Jhansi Ki Rani”. Born in Varanasi or Kashi as it was then known, she was a fierce patriot and was a key figure in the Indian Independence Movement against the tyranny of the British in 1857.
Details on her childhood and other personal information are scarce. However, it is believed that she was born with the name Manikarnika– Manikarnika Tambe. Her parents were Moropant Tambe and Bhagirathi Sapre. It is said that she was born on the 19th of November in the year 1828.
Married as a child to Raja Gangadhar Rao of Jhansi in 1838, she became to reign as the queen post his demise. Wikipedia, in fact, details this information on the monarch. It states as follows: “Rani Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi, was an Indian queen, the Maharani consort of the Maratha princely state of Jhansi from 1843 to 1853 as the wife of Maharaja Gangadhar Rao.”
Rani Lakshmi Bai was a fearsome warrior through and through. She was every inch the queen she is known to be today, not bowing to anyone. Refusing to submit to the demands of the British, she fought against them with her army valiantly, becoming one of the first in India to raise her voice against the White Coloniser. Her act of defiance was told and retold, spurring more people to protest as well.
She gave up her life valiantly on the battlefield in Gwalior on the 18th of June, 1858.
I’d like to conclude my speech with her inspiring quote, “If defeated and killed on the field of battle, we shall surely earn eternal glory and salvation.”