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Issue no 45, 5 - 11 February 2022

Pictorial Book On India's Women Unsung Heroes Of Freedom Struggle

A Pictorial book on India's Women Unsung Heroes of Freedom Struggle was released by Union Minister of State for Culture Smt Meenakashi Lekhi on 27th January in New Delhi as part of Azadi ka Mahotsav. The book has been published by Ministry of Culture in partnership with Amar Chitra Katha which is a household name in India.

The book celebrates the lives of some of the women who led the charge and lit the flame of protest and rebellion throughout the country. It contains the stories of queens who battled colonial powers in the struggle against imperial rule and women who dedicated and even laid down their lives for the cause of the motherland.

On the occasion, Minister Smt Meenakashi Lekhi said that if we go through the glorious past of Indian history, we find that the Indian culture was the one which celebrated women and there was no place for gender discrimination. This is amply evident from the fact that women had the courage and physical strength to fight like soldiers in the battlefield. Narrating the tales of valor of some of the unsung women heroes included in the book, the Minister said that women were equally vocal in expressing dissent against imperial powers. For example Rani Abbakka repulsed the Portuguese attacks for several decades. However, history has hardly been written with this perspective and now as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the sacrifices of these unsung heroes will be brought to light.

The movement to gain India's Independence brought together millions of people from every walk of life in protest of the colonial rule. However, we all know only few legendary, iconic leaders of the freedom struggle. In view of this, as a part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav commemorating 75 years of India's Independence, the Government of India has decided to recall and remember forgotten heroes of our freedom struggle, many of whom might be renowned yet unknown to the new generation.

Ministry of Culture has decided to release pictorial books on 75 Unsung Heroes of the Freedom Struggle in partnership with Amar Chitra Katha. The second edition, which is under process, will be on 25 unsung tribal freedom fighters. The third and final edition will be of 30 unsung heroes drawn from other areas.

Source : PIB