Heroes of History: Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi

Hailed as India’s Joan of Arc, Rani Lakshmibai was one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion (1857-9), an event that would define British rule on the sub-continent for the next 90 years. Though less eminent in the Western world than her French counterpart, the fiery rani (queen) who stood up to her oppressors is revered amongst Indians as a cultural icon and an antecedent of independence luminaries Nehru and Ghandi.

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