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Begum Hazrat Mahal : A great Indian freedom-fighter, named as ‘Lakshmi Bai’ of Awadh

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Begum Hazrat Mahal: An Indian Rebellion for freedom in 1857
Begum Hazrat Mahal, also known as the Begum of Awadh (Oudh) and was the wife of the then Lucknow ruler, Nawab Wajid Ali Shah. She was a great Indian freedom-fighter who played a major role during India’s First War of independence (1857-58). She was bestowed the title ‘Hazrat Mahal’ after the birth of their son, Birjis Qadr. Behind Begum Hazrat Mahal’s graceful nature and physical charm lay the qualities of a strong leader and an adroit strategist, which were strongly witnessed through her contributions to India’s first struggle for independence against the British.

She was born in 1820 at Faizabad, Awadh,  India. She was a Shia-Muslim by religion and courtesan by profession and had been taken into the royal harem as a khawasin as she was a real graceful lady, whose beauty had an unbeatable charm. When her husband was exiled to Calcutta (now Kolkata), thus leaving the kingdom without a leader and in a chaotic mess. It was the…

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