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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Balwant Rao's son Moropant , also known as More- shwar Tambe , was born in 1811. It is not known exactly when Balwant died , but it was not before Moreshwar came of age and began to help in the affair of Chimnaji's descendants .
Upset at his daughter's humiliation , Moropant said , ' It's not in your fate to have an elephant to ride . You're the daughter of an ordinary man ! ' Manu proudly replied , ' It is my destiny to have 10 of them .
Moropant's heart melted with joy beyond his expectations , and he agreed . Bajirao heaped praises on the family lineage of Moropant to Tatia Dikshit . He returned to Jhansi to inform Gangadhar Rao of everything in detail .