(Tr from Marathi by Sanjay Ranade)
Rani Laxmibai was a courageous and independent personality, a capable ruler, an intelligent communicator, and defender of the faith. She was sagacious when it came to her people and astute in dealing with her enemies. It was because of these qualities that she became the Rani of Jhansi—not just in name but representing bravery and sterling qualities. One admires this widowed queen who never surrendered to her destiny, choosing instead to shape her life with vibrant energy. The British annexed her kingdom, took away her political rights, and humiliated her. But she valiantly fought the foreign power and died a hero’s death.
Written after extensive research, this book portrays the making of a remarkable queen. In her short span of life, Rani Laxmibai had to repeatedly face gruelling challenges. She drew strength from adversity, relying on her sense of justice, her dignity, and her magnanimity. Rani Laxmibai, the brave warrior-queen, remains a source of sublime inspiration to us all.