The history of women in India has always been eventful. Fighting all the odds, we here list 5 most loved women, who taught us how to be brave in adverse conditions:
1. Rani Laxmibai– Also known as “Jhansi Ki Raani”, she is a symbol of courage, determination and power. Born in Varanasi in 1828, she had her expertise in shooting, horse riding and fencing.
She got married to Gangadhar Rao in her early years. Her first child died after four months. Her husband died after only 11 years of marriage.
She was ordered to leave the palace by Britishers in 1854 with an annual pension of60K at that time.
She refused to surrender and fought with them and escaped along with her son, and the rest, as we know it, is history.
2. Sarojini Naidu– Also known as the “Nightingale of India”, is known for her poetry and political career. Taking up as the role of the Governor of Agra, she was the first woman to become Governor of any Indian state
She completed her education from Kings college London and Girton College,Cambridge.
She got married at the age of 19, which was an inter caste marriage at that time.
Her contributions to the revolutionary movements during her time, such as Satyagraha, Civil Disobedience and Quit India movement, were remarkable.
3. Mother Teresa – Also known as “Saint Teresa of Calcutta”, is known for her charitable works and a kind heart. Born in Skopje, Mother Teresa had spent most of her life in India.
She founded the Missionaries of charity, which was active in 133 countries with a goal to help people suffering from HIV, TB, and leprosy etc.
She was honoured by Ramon Magsaysay Prize, Nobel Peace Prize, Padma Shri and Bharat Ratna. In her honour, the President of India, Smt. Prathiba Patil had said “Clad in a white sari with a blue border, she and the sisters of Missionaries of Charity became a symbol of hope to many; the aged, the destitute, the unemployed, the diseased, the terminally ill, and those abandoned by their families”
She was certainly the most loved women, not only in India but all over the world.
4. Neerja Bhanot– Youngest girl of India to receive the highest peacetime award for bravery – the Ashoka Chakra.
A head purser in Pan American airline, she ended up saving lives of 359 people till her last breath. She lost her life at the delicate age of 22, but won millions of hearts all over the world.
She will always be remembered her for her bravery and love for mankind.
5. Savitri Bai Phule– Although most us are not well aware of her, but she might be the biggest and one of the earliest contributors towards women empowerment.
She got her education after her marriage. After that, she, along with her husband, started the very first all-women’s school in Pune. She was also the first woman teacher in India. As we have read:
“You educate a man, you educate a man,
You educate a woman, you educate a generation” – Brigham Young
No one can exemplify it better than Savitri Bai Phule.
There are many others who have made our life better in one way or other.
Cheers to women all over the world for making our world beautiful.
Happy Womens Day