🇮🇳INDIAN REBELLION OF 1857-1858🇮🇳 :

🌟On 10 May 1857 the Indian Rebellion started in Meerut; when news of this Reached Jhansi the Rani asked the British political officer, Captain Alexander Skene, for permission to raise a body of armed men for her own protection and Skene agreed to this. The city was relatively calm in the midst of unrest in the region but the Rani conducted a Haldi Kumkum ceremony with pomp in front of all the women of Jhansi to provide assurance to her subjects, [when?] And to convince them that British were cowards and not to be afraid of them.

🌟Till this point, Lakshmibai was reluctant to rebel against the British. In June 1857 a few men of the 12th Bengal Native Infantry seized the fort containing the treasure and magazine,and massacred the European offices of the Garrison along with their wives and Children. Her involvement in this massacre is still a subject of debate.

🇮🇳AUGUST 1857 – JUNE 1858🇮🇳

🌟From August 1857 to January 1858 Jhansi under Rani’s rule was at peace. The British had announced that troops would be sent there to maintain control but the fact that none arrived strengthened the position of a party of her advisers who wanted Independence from British rule. When the British forces finally arrived in March tech found it well defended and the fort had heavy guns which could fire over the town and nearyby countryside. Sir Hugh Rose, commending British forces, demanded the surrender of the city; if this was refused it would be destroyed. After due deliberation the Rani issued a proclamation: “We fight for Independence. In the words of Lord Krishna, we will if we are victorious, enjoy the fruits of victory, if defeated and killed on the field of battle, we shall surely earn eternal glory and salvation”. She defended Jhansi against British troops when Sir Rose besieged Jhansi on 23 March 1858.

🌟The bombardment began on 24 March but was met by heavy return fire and the damaged defences were repaired. The defenders sent appeals for help to Tatya Tope! an army of more than 20,000 headed by Tatya Tope, was sent to relieve Jhansi but they failed to do so when they fought the British on 31 March. During the battle with Tatya Tope’s forces part of the British forces continued the siege and by 2 April it was decided to launch an assault by a breach in the walls. Four columns assaulted the defense at different points and those attempting to scale the walls came under heavy fire. Two other columns had already entered the city and were apporaching the palace together. Determined resistance was encouraged in every Street and in every room of the palace. Street fighting continue into the following day and no quarter was given, even to women and children. “No maudlin clemency was to mark the fall of the city” wrote Thomas Lower. The Rani withdrew from the palace to the fort and after taking counsel decided that since resistance in the city was useless she must leave and join either Tatya Tope or Rao sahib (Nana Sahib’s nephew).

🌟The place for where Rani Lakshmibai jumped on her horse, Badal. According to tradition with Damodar Rao on her back she jumped on her horse Badal from the fort; they survived but the horse died(28) the Rani escaped in the night with her son, surrounded by guards.

🌟After her death a few local people cremated her body. The British captured the city if Gwalior after three days. In British report of this battle, Hugh Rose commented the Ram Lakshmibai is “personable, clever and beautiful” and she is “the most dangerous of all Indian leaders”. Rose reported that she had been buried “with great ceremony under a tamarind tree under the Rock of Gwalior, where I saw her bones and ashes”. Her tomb is in the phool Bagh area of Gwalior.

🌟Twenty years after her death Colonel Malleson to wrote the in the History of Indian Mutiny, vol.3; London,1878 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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