Queen of Jhansi: A graphic novel illustrates the key events in the life of Rani Laxmibai
Rani Laxmibai is said to have fought the British till the bitter end. After escaping from Jhansi, she succumbed to her injuries while fighting the forces at Gwalior.
The biographical novel Lakshmibai: खूब लड़ी मर्दानी, narrates the story of Manikarnika, better known as the Queen of Jhansi
As a child, Manikarnika, who would later on become a skilled warrior, trained with leaders such as Nana Saheb Peshwe and Tatya Tope
Laxmibai's words, 'Apni Jhansi nahi dungi' left considerable impact on revolutionaries that emerged after the imperial power took over in India
In a graphic novel by Campfire, illustrated works describe some of the key moments in the life of the Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi, the warrior-queen who led her band of troops against the British forces during the national uprising of 1857. A biographical work on Manikarnika, who later became the queen of Jhansi, it portrays her marriage to Gangadhar, the king of Jhansi, her work as the queen regent following his demise and her fight against the colonial rule.
Lakshmibai: खूब लड़ी मर्दानी, a part of the Heroes series, narrates the story of Manikarnika, a skilled warrior who trained with leaders such as Nana Saheb Peshwe and Tatya Tope. History recalls Rani Laxmibai as one of the prominent rulers of a princely state, who led the fight against the British East India Company during the revolt of 1857.
Following the death of the king and the absence of a male heir to the throne, Rani Laxmibai is said to have taken charge of the kingdom. The queen, among the many rulers in India at the time who took up arms against colonial powers, also trained many women of her kingdom in the art of warfare.
Manikarnika joined forces with Nana Saheb, who was proclaimed the Peshwa in his own right during the rebellion, and Tope, who rallied his men to overthrow the soldiers that laid siege to the fort of Jhansi following the queen's proclamation for an independent state.
Rani Laxmibai's struggle to overthrow the colonial powers became a source of inspiration for the freedom fighters who came to the fore after the imperial power took over in India.
"Her bravery and sacrifice would sow the seeds of further rebellion that would eventually free India from the clutches of colonialism," said the director of Campfire Graphic Novels, Girija Jhunjhunwala.
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