Reading through the pages of history about our struggle for independence leaves us with awe. It’s just so interesting to know how people from different walks of life forgot all their differences just to make sure that their country is free. Alongwith men, there were many women freedom fighters who played a major role in India’s struggle for independence. Here are some of them.
1. Annie BesantShe was an active participant of politics. She was particularly known for starting the All India Home Rule League during the World War I.
2. Kamala NehruWife of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, she did whatever she can to help India gain independence. Organizing groups of women and picketing shops of foreign cloth and liquor were organized by her during the Non-Cooperation Movement.
3. Kasturba GandhiShe is Mahatma Gandhi’s wife. She was a political activist and organized fights for civil rights along with imparting lessons about health and hygiene to the common people.
4. Sucheta KriplaniDuring the Partition riots in India she helped Gandhiji. She was an elected member of the drafting committee of the Indian constitution.
5. Rani LakshmibaiThe queen of Jhansi received praises from Sir Hugh Rose as being the most dangerous Indian leaders. Her bravery was commendable.
6. Sarojini NaiduShe was popularly known as the ‘nightingale of India’. During the partition of Bengal in 1905, she joined politics. She worked a lot towards spreading awareness about social welfare.
7. Usha MehtaShe was the contributor to the origin of the Secret Congress Radio during the Quit India Movement (1983) for which she was jailed.
8. Begum Hazrat MahalShe was the Begum of Awadh. She took active participation in the rebellion of 1857 against the British East India Company.
9. Aruna Asaf AliShe was an activist and took part in the Salt Satyagraha. During the period in which she was jailed and released, she fought against the way the prisoners were treated and this resulted in the improved living conditions of prisoners in the Tihar Jail.
These women are inspirational and it would have been impossible to achieve independence without their contributions.