The Queen of Jhansi
Seagull Books, 2010 - 325 من الصفحات
Lakshmibai, the Queen of Jhansi, a legendary Indian heroine, led her troops against the British in the uprising of 1857, which is now widely described as the first Indian War of Independence. The image of the young warrior queen who died on the battlefield but not in the minds of her people captured the imagination of novelist Mahasweta Devi, who undertook extensive research that encompassed family reminiscence, oral literature, local histories, and more traditional sources. From these she wove a very personal history of a heroine--an unusual woman, widowed at an early age, who grew from a free-spirited child into an independent young leader.
Devi's resulting work traces the history of the growing resistance to the British, while building a detailed picture of Lakshmibai as a complex, spirited, full-blooded woman who wears her long tresses unbound at the same time as she prefers a male attire on horseback; who is a cool-headed and far-sighted leader of men, full of warm concern for her soldiers; as well as a mother who worries about her infant son's well-being. Simultaneously a history, a biography, and an imaginative work of fiction, this book is a valuable contribution to the reclamation of history and historiography by feminist writers.
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In the sixth section of the second kharita , Shivrao Bhau wrote about the neighbouring states of Jhansi that Orchha , Daria , Chanderi and other states are ready to swear allegiance and pay taxes to the British Government as long as ...
But public opinion of the day did not support it because to do so would have meant support for British rule in India . A remark made by historians Kaye and Malleson here about the supposed confidence the Jhansi people had in the good- ...
the Queen and then in secret , wrote , ' The Queen of Orchha is an ally of the British and the Queen of Jhansi is a foe . The attack of Jhansi by Orchha is justifiable . ' Fortunately , the Queen of Jhansi figured out the dual policy ...