Janvi Lakra and Maya P • 17 Aug, 2023 • 8 mins
Essay titled "Jhansi Ki Rani" by Janvi Lakra from Dwarka International School:
Rani Lakshmibai, also known as Jhansi Ki Rani, was a fearless and valiant queen who played a pivotal role in the Revolt of 1857. Born in 1828, she possessed exceptional courage and leadership skills from a young age. After the death of her husband, Rani Lakshmibai refused to cede her kingdom and fiercely defended it against the British forces.
She led her troops into battle with unwavering determination. Her strategic brilliance and tactical skills made her a formidable opponent for the British. Despite facing immense challenges, Rani Lakshmibai emerged as an iconic symbol of resistance against colonial rule.
Though Jhansi eventually fell into British hands, Rani Lakshmibai’s legacy continues to shine bright. Her unshakeable spirit and sacrifices have inspired countless individuals to stand up for their rights and fight against injustice.
Today, we remember Rani Lakshmibai as India’s national ‘shero’. Her story serves as a reminder of the indomitable spirit of Indians and their quest for freedom. Jhansi Ki Rani’s courage and determination will forever be etched in the annals of our history.
Essay titled "My Favourite Freedom Fighter" by Maya P from Rak's Pallikkoodam:
One night, after dinner, as I was about to fall asleep, I saw a shooting star in the night sky. I immediately knew what to wish for – to meet the great Rani Velunachiyar! I slept soon after.
Upon waking up, I found myself at Rani Velunachiyar’s court. She welcomed me with open arms. I introduced myself and explained to her how I had come from the future.
I asked her why she chose to fight against British rule when she could have easily surrendered. She told me that India is our home, so we must defend it. Moreover, what is life without freedom? I do not want my people to live like slaves.
I proceeded to ask her how she intends to defeat the British. She says that she plans to attack the British armoury, and cut their weapons supply, to have a better chance of winning.
Finally, I asked her why she chose to have women in the war. She said that women don’t just belong in the kitchen. They are capable of doing everything that men can do and more.
Rani Velunachiyar asked me what the future was like. I told her India recently completed 76 years of independence, all thanks to you and several other freedom fighters! We now breathe free air.
I started to glitch, which meant it was time to return to the future. I expressed my gratitude to Rani Velunachiyar and bid farewell to her.
Back in modern-day India, I woke up with a heart full of inspiration and love towards my idol.