10 Unsung Women Freedom Fighters of India That You Should Know About
In our freedom struggle, many people belonged to different religions, ethnicities, timelines but the dreams tucked in their heart were same- the independence of our nation from the colonial rule or British Raj and amongst these great people, millions were women, some were known and some, unknown! It’s our 72nd Independence day and we are all puffed up with pride. When we go back and revisit the pages of history, we often find the mass freedom movements, patriotism at its pick while people being murdered for loving their country. We know Bhagat Singh, Mahatma Gandhi, Subhash Chandra Bose, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Jagat guru and many more freedom fighters who did not put a second thought to put the country before their lives but they were not the alone as women also walked shoulder to shoulder with the men in the freedom movement of India.
Now it’s time to know about unsung women who have had the iron-heart with selfless love for the country:
Rani Lakshmibai: The Lady With The Iron-Heart
The great feminine symbol of resistance to British India and leading figure of Indian 1857 Sepoy Mutiny is Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi. She is one of the greatest examples of courage, leadership, and heroism.
Sarojini Naidu: The Great Planner
Also known as the Nightingale of India, Sarojini Naidu was a great poet and national independence activist. She took a major role in the Civil Disobedience Movement, framing the constitution of India and struggle around Mahatma Gandhi.
Begum Hazrat Mahal: The Epitome Of Courage
Hazarat Mahal was the Begum of Awadh and she encouraged the rural folks to get united and rebel against the East India Company and to rise against the British rule in India. She was known for uprooting the British colonial rule from Awadh.
Kittur Rani Chennamma: The Voice Of The Un-Heard
She was known as one of the first freedom activists in India. This queen of Karnataka raised the voice against British rule before 33 years of National Uprising. She led an armed rebellion against the British rule and lost her life in the battleground.
Madam Bikaji Kama: The Dreamer Of Indian Independence
The founder of Indian Home Rule Society, Madam Kama was one of the great Indian freedom activists India ever witnessed. She dreamed an independent India, designed a flag and she was the first woman to hoist the Indian Freedom Struggle Flag in Germany.
Suchetra Kripalani: Crucial Face Of Quit India Movements
She was one of the closest with Mahatma Gandhi in his several Partition movements and riots and also one of the major parts of Quit India Movements. She inspired and encouraged hundreds o women to join the National Freedom movements.
Aruna Asaf Ali: Woman Of Dedication
A Bharat Ratna of India, Aruna Asaf Ali not only fought Indian freedom movement but also fought for the rights of political prisoners in Tihar Jail. In 1942, she hoisted the Indian flag during the Quit India Movement at Gowalia Tank Maidan in Bombay.
Lakshmi Sahgal: Tigress Of Indian National Army
Lakshmi Sahgal was a former Indian Army Officer called as Captain Lakshmi. She didn’t bother to pick up the gun for Indian National Army (INA) founded by the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and led it like a tigress in the struggle for freedom.
Annie Basant: The Political Backbone Of Indian Freedom Movement
A British socialist Ms. Basant was a big supporter of India’s self-rule. She founded a lot of educational institutes and when the entire world was witnessing World War II in the year of 1914, she founded All India Home Rule League along with the Lokmanya Tilak. She also joined Indian National Congress.
She played a crucial role in the nation’s Quit India Movement and became a great source of inspiration for a lot of women in India. She also played a vital role in India’s Non-Cooperation movement. Later she was shot dead by the British at the age of 73. Now you might have gotten the idea about how women of India took the vital part in India’s Freedom movements.
Happy Independence Day!!