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Why Britishers himself accept in her book that "she is most dangerous of all Indian leaders"?

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The year was 1828 and the place was Varansi. Moropant tambe and Bhagirathi sapre were blessed with daughter and what they didn't known back then was that she was destined to go down in history as one of the bravest women India has ever known.

They called her 'manikarnika' and called her Manu with affection. Soon,however the name would get lost in the page of history and their daughter would be remembered as 'The queen of Jhansi' who went into battle with her in frant tied to her back and two swords in both her hands.

Manikarnika lost her mother at the age of four and was raised by her father who worked in the cout of Peshwa. Peshwa was vey fond of her and raised Manikarnika like his own daughter.She had a rather unconventional upbringing for girl.When most girls were being trained to deal with domestic responsibilties and be good wives,Manikarnika was learning horseback riding, fencing and shooting with her childhood friends, NanaSahib and Tatya tope. In fact, she was also imparted education along with two friends, something that was rare for the women of the time.

In 1842, Manikarnika got married to the King of Jhansi and after her marriage,she became to be known as queen Lakshmibai. In 1851 Lakshmibai became mother after the birth of her son. However , she lost her son after four months. The royal couple eventually adopted kings cousin's son and named him Damodar rao.. The adoption happened in the front of a British official.Lakhshmibai marriage was short lived as the king died of an illness in the year 1853. This was the moment that changed her life forever.

Then Governor- General Lord Dalhouse taking advantage of the king's death, applied the Doctrine of Lapse. According to this doctrine, a king's adopted child was not entitled to the throne.While the adopted child of the king could inherit his private property ,he would not be treated as an heir becouse they didn't share a blood relation. It is said that Queen Lakshmibai cried out when she was told about annexation saying ' I will not give my kingdom'. If this cruilty of snathcing away her jhansi and her son's right to the throne wasn't enough, the British went ahead and took away all the state jewels and offered the rani a measly pension of Rs 60,0000. she was asked to leave the fort. She had to move to another fort which is now called Rani Mahal.

And Then came the year 1857. India was turning a new page in its history and was preparing to fight what many call the first war for its freedom.From policies that oppressed the farmers to new practices that were destryoing the traditional businesses,Indians felt crushed under the regime of the british.The last straw was the introduction of cartidges to the army that were allegedly greased with animal fat,both beef and pork. The soldiers took this as an attempt by the british to defile their religion and that's when they all joined hands. They were then joined by the rulers whose royal estates had been annexed. Queen Lakshmibai , however ,is said to have been unwilling to go against the British initially. However when in 1858 Sir Hugh Rose demanded the complete surrender of jhansi, Lakshmibai decided to go to war with everything she had. She rebelled against the British and prepared her own forces. She gave the British a tough fight, carrying her infrant on her back to the battlefield. One can only imagine the fierce Lakshmibai on the back of her horse, slaying anyone coming her way with two swords, one in each hand and her young child strapped on back. She first fled to kalpi and then to Gwalior during the course of the battle. She was eventually martyard and her troops whisked her body away to keep her last wish of not having her body captured by the Britishers. She was creamed according to her wishes and now, her tomb is at Phool Bagh in Gwalior.

Praised even by the British, for her bravery, Twenty years after her death, Colonel George Bruce Malleson, a British officer and author praised her patriotism and bravery. In his book ‘History Of The Indian Mutiny’ volume 3, 1878, he wrote “Whatever her faults in British eyes may have been, her countrymen will ever remember that she was driven by ill-treatment into rebellion and that she lived and died for her country.”

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