Woman Behind the warrior: A Postcolonial Reading of Jaishree Misra’s ‘Rani’.
Keywords:Rani, warrior, Lakshmibai, Misra Jeyashree.
Jaishree Misra’s Rani is a historical fiction based on the life of Manikarnika, who was popularly known as Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi. She is an embodiment of bravery and a beacon of light for millions of Indian women. She has been considered as an idol, a goddess and a role model for women. There are many biographies on her and all of them glorify her for her role in the Indian freedom struggle. The world which goes behind vain glory has totally forgotten to examine or to evaluate her as women with all her emotions and desires. In their attempt to glorify her as a goddess, Both, history and literature had ignored her women psyche. In her narration of this historical fiction, Jaishree Misra has attempted to go beyond her heroic nature and brings out the pains of a girl and her sacrifice of her womanhood for the sake of the freedom of her nation.The novel traces the history in a new angle and brings out the human face of a warrior queen. This paper attempts to study the emotions behind a warrior queen.
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