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The Women Who Fought For A Free India!

Posted on, 2015-08-17 by Kanchan Singh, Category Society

History has witnessed many women with exceptional bravery and intelligence who walked shoulder to shoulder with men of their times. Let us remember women of the freedom era who fought bravely for their country and contributed towards the achievement of independence of the country India. They are still a source of inspiration to not only women but to all.

There were numerous women who fought for the independence that we enjoy today!

Here is a list of 8 such women who are not so popular today but without whom the struggle would have been even more difficult than it was.

1. Usha Mehta

She was one of the youngest freedom fighters of the Indian freedom movement. She was hardly 5 years old when she met Gandhi and was inspired by his ideals; she joined the protest ‘Simon Go Back’ when she was only 8 years old and later quit her studies to completely devote herself to the freedom struggle.


2. Sucheta Kriplani

With the dedication and passion that she excluded for her country during the freedom struggle, she was elected as the first woman Chief Minister of any Indian state. She stepped up for the country with Quit India Movement.


3. Aruna Asaf Ali

She is well known as an Indian Independence activist. Being an activist she participated actively in public processions during Salt Satyagraha and she also became an active member of Indian National Congress.


4. Usha Mehta Savitribai Phule

A vey great contribution by her towards the freedom struggle was the origination of the Congress Radio also known as the Secret Congress Radio which was active during thge Quit India movement.


5. Begum Hazrath Mahal

She was the wife of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah of Lucknow. She was an eminent leader and used her courage and leadership qualities to rebel against the British East India Company during the First Indian War of Independence.


6. Kittur Rani Chennamma

People may be hardly familiar with her name.  She was one of the earliest Indian rulers who fought for freedom, 33 years before the National uprising, this queen of a princely state in Karnataka led an armed rebellion against the British , and lost her life in the end.


7. Annie Besant

Though she was a British socialist she was supporter of Indian self rule. She formed the All India Home Rule League along with Lokmanya Tilak. This body was active all through the year and mobilized agitations and demonstrations demanding home rule in India.


8. Parbati Giri

She was only 16 at the time of the Quit India Movement but she actively participated and was also jailed for 2 years. She served the public socially post independence and was also known as the 'Mother Teresa of Western Orissa'.



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