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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Maybe the leaders participated with the sepoys from their own respective positions but could not offer true leader- ship . During the battle it was clear that wherever the sepoys had failed , they had had poor leaders .
In the first place , the leaders of the struggle for independence of 1857 were feudalistic . These feudal lead- ers had no vision or strategy of mobilizing the anti - British Indians , who had protested through fragmented rebel- lions ...
taken Gwalior , and what was their leader Tatia Topi doing but trying to gain credit by feeding brahmans ! At noon on 13 June , Rao Saheb , Tatia Topi and the Nawab of Banda came to the Queen . If they had paid any heed to what she had ...