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Jhalkaribai

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Jhalkaribai

Born:22 November 1830

Died:1858

  • A woman soldier who served in the women’s army of Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi and played an important role in the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
  • She served in the women’s army of Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi. Born into a Koli family.
  • she eventually rose to a position of a prominent advisor to the queen, Rani of Jhansi herself.
  • At the height of the battle of fort of Jhansi, she disguised herself as the Queen and fought on her behalf, on the front, allowing the Queen to escape safely out of the fort.
  • The legend of Jhalkaribai remains in the popular memory of the people of Bundelkhand over centuries.
  • Her life, especially her heroism fighting the East India Company army to protect the Queen, continues to be praised in various Bundeli folklores.
  • Her bravery along with her identity as a koli has helped to create a sense of pride and cultural unity in koli in North India.

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