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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The English took over Jhansi after declaring Ganga- dhar Rao's adoption of Damodar Rao against the politi- cal law , and then , acknowledging it on social grounds , proclaimed him unfit to inherit the property until he came of age and ...
On 4 June , the 7th company of the 12th Regiment , under the leadership of their Havildar Jauna Gurubaksh , took over the Star Fort and ended up in possession of the entire treasury of armaments and supplies .
What can I say ? I am just an ordinary woman . But I am alarmed at the thought of what awaits us . ' The leaders bowed their heads in self- reproach . Tatia Topi took his turban off and placed it in front of the Queen .