I am posting this as it appeared in the New Indian Express, 18th November 2009….i captured the photograph from the newspaper, using my cellphone, and am posting it alongside the write-up..
A freedom fighter from Belgaum claims that he is in possession of the Original photograph of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi. “The photograph was taken by Halfman, a British photographer, when the Rani was 15yrs old….”..says Vithal Rao Yalgi, an 86 yr old freedom fighter from Belgaum, Karnataka.
Laxmibai was born in the year 1835 and the photo was taken at the Jhansi palace in 1850. The photograph shows Laxmibai, with her traditional ornaments, which were given to her by Nanasaheb Peshwa of Pune, who also joined her in the freedom struggle against the British.The Rani’s photo was� exhibited in Bhopal on August 19th and the Academicians of the History department of Bhopal University� also agreed that the photo was indeed of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi. Some of the original documents and records preserved by the Madhya Pradesh govt also support that the� picture taken by Halfman is original.Vithalrao Yalgi told Indian Express that he received the photograph from a person called Thakur, whose father and grandfather took part in the freedom struggle. Yalgi said that the photograph would be unveiled at the Swatantrya Yodha Bhavan in Belgaum on November 19th as that was the Birthday of Rani Laxmibai.
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