This picture of Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi has suddenly gone viral on the internet. This photo is, in fact, the cover page of the book ‘The Joan of Arc of India’ written by Michael White and inspired by the life and struggles of Rani Lakshmibai. The picture of the queen in a soldier’s attire with a sword in her hand portrays her as a warrior, which she indeed was.
Joan of Arc was a 17 year-old French military leader of the fifteenth century. She was a national heroine who took up arms at such an early age to empower the rightful French king.
Calling Jhansi’s Rani Lakshmibai “The Joan of Arc of India”, the author of the book has drawn a beautiful comparison between the national heroine of France and the young, audacious and most popular female freedom fighter of India. Considering her achievements in the movement of Indian independence, the queen deserves the title bestowed upon her by Michael White.
As the picture of the cover page of this book goes viral, there are some amazing responses from people across the world. Many people recalled her heroism and her significant role in the history of India. One of the comments states that there is “no denying that she was awesome”. On the other hand, there were some who felt that she was busy protecting her own princely state through all the wars she fought which adversely impacted the struggle of India’s independence.
A few years ago, there was another picture of Rani Lakshmibai that went viral as it was believed to be a real one. Here is the picture.
However, it later came out that it was not a real picture as queens did not allow any photographer in their chamber.
But if this is not the real picture, then is there any real picture of the queen, if it exists at all? It is believed that the real image of Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi is the following one.
It is held that this picture was taken by a British photographer when she was 22 years old. The photographer masqueraded as Hoffman, a German, since the queen wouldn’t have allowed him to take her picture if she had known that he was British.