The story of Indian Independence is a tale of bravery and heroism. Women are considered as Goddess Durga in India and their courage during the time of freedom struggle indeed makes them our heroes. This independence day, let us acknowledge the contribution of women freedom fighters who fought to make us live freely.
1. Rani Lakshmi Bai
She lost her husband at the age of twenty-four but still stood up fearlessly for her state. When British tried to take over Jhansi, she revolted against them and also went to the battlefield herself carrying her small son tied to her. She was an inspiration then and is an inspiration now.
2. Begum Hazrat Mahal
After her husband, the Nawab of Awadh was deposed, with her great valour, she took charge and won Lucknow back after which she crowned her 11-year-old son as ruler of Awadh. She fought for social equality amidst people of all religions and castes. Eventually, her forces were defeated. She then rejected the life of comfort offered to her by British and instead moved to political asylum in Nepal.
3. Kittur Rani Chennamma
When the British ordered to expel Shivalingappa, the adopted son of Rani Chennamma under the Doctrine of Lapse, she refused to surrender Kittur to the British which led to war. Britishers were defeated in the first battle but won in the second since two soldiers of Chennamma’s backstabbed her after which she was imprisoned.
4. Sarojini Naidu
The well-known poet, activist and freedom fighter as we all know was knows as the Nightingale of India. But to bring India together, to get Hindu-Muslim unity, to educate and for the emancipation of women, she devoted herself entirely keeping her writing poetry aside. Sarojini Naidu gave up everything for the sake of Indian independence.
5. Sarala Devi
The first woman political leader of her time, she was the part of Swadeshi Movement in Bengal. With the gift of music, she entered politics and stood against British rule. She was a writer, influential singer and politician who stood up for her country to gain independence.