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Who was the traitor who helped the British government to kill Jhansi Ki Rani?

  • Mrinalini Singh
  • July 31, 2017
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Often called India’s Joan Of Arc, Rani Lakshmi Bai, the queen of Jhansi, lives in India’s past as one of India’s legendary fighters against the foreign rule. With little or no training to handle the circumstances she was drawn into, she protected her soil and people religiously, and fought valiantly, shunning all the social stigmas attached to women and war during those times. A rebel-head and someone who wore courage on her nerves, Rani Lakshmi Bai inspired generations of women to walk a path of fearlessness.

During 1850’s there were numerous battles fought against the British, especially in the areas of Kanpur, Patna, Lucknow, Jhansi, Meerut, Delhi and Gwalior. The most vital point in these combat were the number of Kings who really supported India and wanted to end the British Raj. Most of the kings and queens who truly fought for the nation either lost the battle or were victims of policies of the East India Company. Rani Lakshmi Bai was one amongst them. The Revolt in 1857 played a great role in India’s Independence in1947. The revolt that was started in the Meerut is also known as India’s first war of Independence.

1857 revolt played a big role in uniting India, where Muslims and Hindus are fighting together for the same cause. The Deceleration of Bahadur Shah Jafar II as the King was the example. The revolt was so huge that it was an easily win-win situation for India against British East India Company. But, due to some people backstabbing the mutiny, then, we lost the war and a rest became a bruising history. Jyotiraditya Scindia, a Congress leader; forgetting his two aunts(his father, Madhavrao Scindia’s real sisters) were not only the leaders of the ruling party in the state and at the Centre but were holding Ministerial posts too ! It is no denying fact that like most of the rulers of the Princely States, the Maharaja of Gwalior, Jayajirao Scindia, acted as the “Cobra” and “Traitor” helping the British, in the words of Swatantraveer V.D. Savarkar in “Indian War of Independence 1857”.

Back in 1857, when Indian Freedom Fighters were battling with their heart, soul and blood, there were a few Indians, who back at home were conspiring against these brave men; one of them was the Scindia family. When Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi, was injured and asked for help against the British Army, he refused and excused himself for being neutral. More so, on seeing the Indian side turning weaker, he led his forces to Morar to fight a rebel army led by Tatya Tope, Rani Lakshmibai and Rao Sahib. Later, when an injured Rani Laxmibai, asked for refuge to recuperate and retaliate against the British, he betrayed her by luring the Army inside the shaft, where she was put and later to hide his forgery, offered her a weak horse to escape British army, which led to her death.

Subhadra Kumari Chauhan’s celebrated poem “Jhansi ki Rani” is being recited even today by the people of India, presenting the darling queen; but the Government of Rajasthan headed by Vasundhara Raje Scindia got the poem removed from the school textbooks since it presented the Scindia ancestors in bad light. Kanaiya Lal Chaturvedi openly challenged the Scindia government’s decision saying it was a historical fact that the Scindia of Gwalior sided with the British in 1857. Madhav Rao Scindia was the minister in the Union government and his son Jyotiraditya Scindia even today sits in the Parliament backing Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi.

Much ahead of the times Rani Lakshmibai was living in, she had the heart and courage to go for what was right. She left us a very important message of courage and fearlessness.

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