Published: 23rd July 2021
#ThrowbackToday: Salutations to Captain Lakshmi who led INA's Rani of Jhansi Regiment
In today's #TBT, we refresh your memory of the courageous lady who fought for India both before and after the independence and why we need to remember her indelible contribution to our country
We all know about Subhas Chandra Bose's Indian National Army (INA). A few of us also know about the all-women's Rani of Jhansi Regiment within the army. And fewer still know about Lakshmi Sahgal AKA Captain Lakshmi, who set up and led this regiment with bravery.
Bose arrived in Singapore in 1943, where Lakshmi happened to live after being born and brought up in Madras. The braveheart had already met a few INA soldiers and soon, over a five-hour interview, she managed to convince Bose to have a separate regiment for women. She led the regiment as it marched to Burma alongside the Japanese army and was captured by the British army in 1945.
But even after India gained independence, Sahgal continued to work for the country, as a member of the Rajya Sabha and of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). Eventually, she was even chosen as a candidate for the President of India and lost against APJ Abdul Kalam. She passed away on July 23, 2012 at the age of 97 while leaving a strong mark on the country.
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