The Jhansi Railway Station in Uttar Pradesh will be known as Veerangana Lakshmibai Railway Station.
- The Uttar Pradesh government had earlier sent a proposal about renaming the station to the Union Home Ministry.
- The ministry consents to a name change of any station or place after obtaining no-objections from the Union Ministry of Railways, Survey of India, and the Department of Posts.
- These organisations confirm that there is no town or village in their records with a name that is similar to the proposed name.
- Once the name change is approved following an executive order, the Ministry of Railways will change the station code accordingly.
About Rani Lakshmibai:
- Born on November 19, 1828, as Manikarnika Tambe in Varanasi, UP.
- Rani was married to the King of Jhansi, Raja Gangadhar Newalkar in 1842.
- She had a son Damodar Rao, who died within four months of his birth. Following the death of the infant, her husband adopted a cousin’s child Anand Rao, who was renamed Damodar Rao a day prior to the death of the Maharaja.
- Lord Dalhousie refused to acknowledge the child and applied the Doctrine of Lapse, and annexed the state. However, the Rani refused to accept Lord Dalhousie’s decision.
- This led to a fight between the two. The Rani of Jhansi gave a tough fight to the British during the two weeks siege of the city.
- She fought bravely against the British and gave a tough fight to Sir Hugh Rose so as to save her empire from annexation.
- She died fighting on the battlefield on June 17, 1858.