Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav: Remembering Women Freedom Fighters of India

Publish Date: 05 Aug, 2022
Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav: Remembering Women Freedom Fighters of India

Independence Day 2022: The government of India has launched the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to celebrate 75 glorious years of progress in India, including its rich history, diverse population, gorgeous culture, and outstanding accomplishments. Look at the six key tenets of these festivities. On this special occasion let's roll back into history and remember the woman bravehearts who worked relentlessly to free India from the clutches of the British Raj. Take a look below. 

Some Women Freedom Fighters of India

Rani Lakshmi Bai of Jhansi

  • Lakshmi Bai was determined that the East India Company would not capture Jhansi. Beginning on May 10, 1857, at Meerut, the Indian uprising. News of the beef and pork-coated bullet casings quickly travelled throughout India. Lakshmibai was in power of Jhansi during this time.

  • She was adamant that she would not give in to the British. On March 23, 1858, the Sir Hugh Rose invaded Jhansi, and she fought alongside the British forces. More than 20,000 soldiers were despatched to relieve Jhansi under the command of Tatya Tope, but they were defeated when they fought the British.

Sarojini Naidu

Sarojini Naidu repeatedly discussed the significance of women's empowerment, the necessity for more women to take part in the struggle for liberation, and the need for more women to fight for their rights. Here are five ways Sarojini Naidu improved the status of women's rights in the nation.

  • Rights of widows

  • Right to vote

  • Right to equality

  • Right of representation

  • Right to equal political status

Bhikaiji Cama

Bhikaji Cama, an unyielding freedom warrior, made a significant contribution to the early years of the Indian freedom struggle and campaigned for women's equality as well. She popularised the Indian struggle since she was a devoted patriot.

In Stuttgart, Germany, on August 22, 1907, Madam Bhikaji Cama hoisted the Indian flag for the first time on foreign soil. She spoke up in favour of human rights, equality, and independence from the British Empire while describing the horrific consequences of a famine that had hit the Indian subcontinent.

Annie Besant

  • Annie Besant, who was given the name Annie Wood on October 1, 1847, in Ireland, was a well-known political activist, freedom warrior, and supporter of women's rights and the anti-Church movement. Besant joined the National Secular Society and the Fabian Society in the 1870s, organisations that fought for freedom of thought and an end to the Catholic Church's oppression in England.

  • She joined the Theosophical Society as a result of her interest in the socialist movement and her search for spiritual comfort. Her time spent as a society member led her to develop an attraction for Hinduism and its moral principles. She travelled to India in 1893 with the intention of promoting Theosophical Society beliefs. A few days after arriving in India, she was moved by the ongoing fight for independence from British control and gradually started to take part.

  • Besant's establishment of the Home Rule League in 1916 is his most famous contribution to the Indian freedom movement. Besant continued the historic campaign that marked a turning point in the long-running Indian liberation struggle alongside Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak. The crusade, which was modelled after the Irish Home Rule movement, sought to make India a Dominion like Australia and Canada. The Indian Home Rule League's actions significantly aided the liberation struggle during the movement's two-year duration.

  • Besant was placed under house arrest in 1917 as a result of her involvement in the Home Rule campaign. Widespread protests over her arrest resulted in her release later on. She maintained her defiance while imprisoned and raised the green and red flag that served as the movement's emblem.

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