In the past, there was a lot of discrimination against woman, and she had to submit to patriarchal traditions. Even in the past, there were some women who can be described icons of courage and bravery. For example, Maharani Laxmi Bai from India in the early 19th century is an ideal wife. About 200 hundred years ago, India was under the British rule, and the princess Laxmi Bai was the symbol of fearlessness and courage since her childhood. She was fond of horse riding. She had learnt horsemanship and archery during her early childhood. She was married at the ageof fourteen to the king of Jhansi who was 50 years old. It is really very unfortunate that her four months old son died.
Lord Dalhousie was the Viceroy of the British government. The Doctrine of Lapse was used by Lord Dalhousie to annex her Jhansi state as the adopted son was not the legal heir of Jhansi state. The English soldiers were quite cruel toward her, but she was not ready to bow before the British government.
The Queen of Jhansi disliked the English soldiers as they attacked her Jhansi palace, but they were unaware that LaxmiBai was fearless, and her soul was made of flint and iron. She fought with her sword against the British soldiers. While fighting against the British soldiers during the Indian mutiny of 1857, she had declared: “The Britishers cannot conquer my palace and castle.”
In all parts of India, she is honored as an ideal and courageous wife. She is rightly described as an icon of courage and bravery. There are numberless poems and ballads praising her extraordinary bravery against the might of the British East India Company. The following lines are truly applicable to her:
But don't let your nerve desert you;
Keep yourself in fighting trim.
If the worst is bound to happen,
Spite of all that you can do,
Running from it will not save you,
See it through!
All over India, she is highly praised for her heroism in India’s struggle for independence from the British rule. There are several bronze statutes to commemorate and honor her in several cities of India like Jhansi, Gwalior and Agra.