Whenever we speak of our culture, we speak of heroes of bygone ages. Traditions that they left us with. Their feats that have immortalized them over the years and so on. I believe the ability to relate to such people and learn lessons from their deeds are essential features of building our culture.
In my experience, many of us from India, are not very strong when it comes to propagating our own history and culture. I shall be vastly surprised if many adults in India today remember- or many children in India today even know of – Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi, who died June 17, 1858 – a full 150 years ago.
Rani Lakshmibai was one of the leaders of India’s First War of Independence. She led her troops from the front, displaying such courage that her opponent, the British General Rose described her as “the bravest of the brave” of the “rebels”. Her deeds were captured in a stirring poem written by Subhadra Kumari Chauhan, which years ago, every Indian child was taught to sing. Allen Copsey has some terrific stuff about Rani Lakshmibai for those who want to read about her in greater depth.
I would urge the young Indian parents amongst you, my readers, to spend a few minutes and read about the Rani of Jhansi to your children today. You will be doing your bit to keep her memory alive. Just as I am trying to do.
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This is Post No: 197 of the “A Step A Day” series : To provide perspective and provoke thought to facilitate self-development across a wide spectrum of issues- big and small- crucial for executive success