Famous for her poem on Rani Lakshmi Baai of Jhansi, “Khoob Ladi Mardani Wo To Jhansi Wali Rani thi”, Subhadra Kumari Chauhan was born on this day in 1904 in Allahabad (now Prayagraj).
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Shubhadra was first women revolutionary in India’s fight against the British rule. Shubhadra along with her husband joined Non-Corpotion Movement led by Mahatma Gandhi in 1921. She was jailed twice for her role in freedom struggle in 1923 and 1924.
Shubhadra wrote in Khariboli dialect of Hindi. Some of her heroic poems including ‘Jallianwala Bagh mein Vasant’, ‘Veeron Ka Kaisa Ho Basant’, ‘Rakhi Ki Chunauti’, charged the freedom movement with hopes and courage.
Jhansi Ki Raani
sinhasan hil uthe, rajavanshon ne bhrikuti tani thi,
boodhhe bharat mein bhi aayi, phir se nayi jawaani thi,
gumi hui azadI ki keemat sab ne pahachani thi,
door firangi ko karne ki sab ne mann mein thani thi.
chamak uthi san sattawan mein, woh talwaar puraani thi,
bundele harbolon ke munh ham ne sunI kahani thi,
khoob ladi mardani woh to jhansI wali rani thi.‘Jhansi ki Rani’ by Subhadra kumari chauhan
She was also a member of Madhya Pradesh Assembly (then Central Province). She died in a car accident on her way back to home from assembly session in 1948.