Sepia Stories: Rani Laxmi Bai


When the words queen and warrior are used for the same person, it ought to exude wonder, admiration and surprise. In the century that Laxmi Bai went from being Rani to Jhansi Ki Rani, few had paid attention to the idea of women and grit. Her story inspired millions in its success and in its failure. She was one of the leaders of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and became for Indian nationalists a symbol of resistance to the rule of the British East India Company in India.