It’s the 70th Indian Independence Day and we are puffed up with pride. Going back and revisiting the pages of history we have often found the mass freedom movements, patriotism at it’s peak while people being punished for loving their country. We know Bhagat Singh, Mahatma Gandhi, Subhash Chandra Bose, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Jagat guru and many more freedom fighters who put our nation before their lives, but they weren’t alone. Women also walked shoulder to shoulder with men in the freedom movement of India, which encouraged thousands of other Indians to join the national freedom.
Let’s get some inspiration boost from the ladies who have had iron guts:
1.Rani Lakshmi Bai
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The symbol of resistance to British in India and the leading figure of the Indian 1857 Sepoy Mutiny is Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi. She is the greatest epitome of courage, leadership and heroism.
2. Sarojini Naidu
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Also know as a Nightingale of India, Sarojini Naidu was also a poet and an Indian Independence activist. She took an active part in Civil Disobedience Movement, framing Indian Constitution and also struggled along Gandhi.
3. Begum Hazrat Mahal
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The Begum of Awadh encouraged the rural folks to rebel against the East India Company and to rise against the British rule in India. She was known to remove British from Awadh.
4. Kittur Rani Chennamma
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One of the first freedom activists of India, this queen of Karnataka raised the British rule issue before 33 years of the National Uprising. She led an armed rebellion against British and lost her life.
5. Madam Bhikaji Cama
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The founder of Indian home rule society, Madam Cama was one of the greatest women India ever witnessed. She dreamed an Independent India, designed a flag and became the first woman to hoist Indian Freedom Struggle flag in Germany.
6. Sucheta Kriplani
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She was one of the closest with Mahatma Gandhi in his several Partition movements and riots, also one of the faces in Quit India Movement. She inspired hundreds of women to join the national freedom movement.
7. Aruna Asaf Ali
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A Bharat Ratna of India not just fought Indian freedom movement but fought for the rights of political prisoners in Tihar Jail. In 1942, she hoisted an Indian flag during Quit India Movement at Gowalia Tank Maidan in Bombay.
8. Durgabai Deshmukh
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Married at 8, Durgabai found herself attracted to the Indian Freedom Struggle. She later left her family to pursue her education. The first female criminal lawyer of India was also a great social activist who encouraged people to ignite the nationality in them and started a number of education programmes, and rehabilitation of needy women children.
9. Annie Basant
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A British socialist Ms. Basant was a supporter of Indian self-rule. She founded many education institutes and when the world was witnessing World War I in 1914, she began All India Home Rule League along with Lokmanya Tilak. She propagated Indian self-government. She also joined Indian National Congress and her active participation in politics gave inspiration and encouragement to many Indians to gain independence.
10. Matangini Hazra
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Hazra played an important role in India’s quit India movement and became an inspiration for all women. She also played a vital role in Non-cooperation movement but later was shot dead by the British when she was 73.
Happy Indian Independence Day!
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