Rani Lakshmi Bai, the fiery Queen of Jhansi, also known as the Rani of Jhansi, was known for her bravery and is a role model for women in India. She was the exemplary ruler of Jhansi and had to take up the rule of her state after her husband’s demise at the young age of 18 years. She was one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. She was born today on November 19, 1828, in Varanasi in a Marathi Brahmin family and was married to Maharaja of Jhansi, Raja Gangadhar Rao Newalkar. Her real name was Manikarnika but after her marriage was called Lakshmi Bai, she is also popularly called as Jhansi Ki Rani. She has earned a cult status in popular culture and the history of India as she led the first revolt against British rule. Rani Lakshmi Bai is seen as an epitome of valor, courage, and bravery who had the gumption of challenging the British rule and led an almost successful revolt. Today on her birthday on 19th November, television actresses like Avika Gor, Tejasswi Prakash, Kamya Punjabi among others pay her tribute. They feel Rani Laxmi Bai has defined the real picture of women. Padmavati Release in Trouble: Television Stars Come Out In Support of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Movie

Avika Gor: “Britishers left no stone unturned to dethrone the Queen. They entered Jhansi and looted common people and killed many women and children. Rani Lakshmi Bai decided to fight against the army instead of surrendering to the Britishers. She is a great inspiration for every common girl who surrenders instead of fighting for their rights.”

Sayantani Ghosh: “Rani Laksmi Bai is an epitome of wisdom, courage, bravery and progressive views on women empowerment even in the 19th century. she was well versed and at the same time when she went to war where she was the very embodiment of war goddess Kali. This for me is the very essence of being a woman. As we are beautiful, frail at times but when needed inside that tender body is a lions spirit.”

Kamya Punjabi: “I feel every Indian citizen is inspired by Queen of Jhansi. Her determination, strength, valour, and sense of justice are for sure inspirational for each female. She proved we are beautiful but can be a more than a lion when it is about our dignity.”

Helly Shah: “When the Britishers eyed the kingdom of Jhansi and tried to take advantage of Rani’s lack of experience. They considered Rani to be helpless but she was determined and denied them control of her kingdom. Lakshmibaibecamem an inspiration to many after she proved we female are not less than any male. Our hands with bangles can fight a war bravely. We are a combination of beauty and strength.”

Additi Gupta: “Queen of Jhansi, is inspiring for every female. She proves that we are not weak at all. We can fight our wars and are not at all dependent. Her courageous fighting skills to the nature of forgiveness are something we should learn from her.”

Tejasswi Prakash: “Rani Laxmi Bai has actually defined the strength, bravery, beauty and the loyalty a female have inside her. She was one of the biggest reason for our freedom today.”

Mahika Sharma: “Rani Lakshmi Bai’s bravery, courage, wisdom, her progressive views on women’s empowerment in the 19th century, and her sacrifices made her an icon of the Indian Independence Movement. She has proved women’s are self-sufficient to fight their war.”

Devoleena Bhattacharjee: “Queen of Jhansi defines the beauty of a female. The way she stood up for democracy and fought the evil need lots of courage. Her justice and skills inspire many.”

Rani Lakshmi Bai is truly an inspiration to women and her spirit, her bravery is a testimony to the fact that a woman is not the weaker sex and can definitely brave any storm if she applies her willpower and mind to it. Today on her birth anniversary or Jayanti we wish that every girl embodies her spirit to not be submissive and a pushover but be assertive, fight for her rights and be a leader who would take care of herself, her family and others as well.