Rani Avantibai: The Queen Who Wouldn’t Give Up
The Revolt of 1857, a mass uprising against the British in India, threw up many great heroes, one of the most famous being Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi. Like this brave soul, there was another Queen, the ruler of a small principality in Madhya Pradesh, who gave her life while taking on the might of the British. And she was only 26.
Rani Avantibai (16th August 1831 – 20th March 1858) was the Queen of Ramgarh, or present-day Dindori town in Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh. Not only did she lead an armed revolt in 1857, she had also been standing up to the oppressive practices of the British, who had seized the Mahakosal region from the Maratha Rajas of Nagpur.