Video: The Naga Freedom Fighter—Rani Gaidinliu
Video: The Naga Freedom Fighter—Rani Gaidinliu

This is the story of a young revolutionary who stood up for people against the British at the young age of 17. Gaidinliu popularly known as Rani Gaidinliu was the 20th century political and spiritual leader of the Nagas. Captured by the British for 14 years, she continued to fight for the rights of her people long after India gained its freedom.

For her uncountable sacrifices Gaidinliu was awarded “Tamrapatra Freedom Fighter Award” in 1972, the Padma Bhushan (1982) and the Vivekananda Seva Award (1983). She was also conferred the Birsa Munda award posthumously. She died on 17 February 1993 at the age of 78. Government issued a postal stamp in her honour in 1996. In 2015, the government of India also issued a commemorative coin in her honour. Rani Gaidinliu continues to be remembered in the corridors of history as the brave freedom fighter from the North-east.

Also read: Rani Gaidinliu: The Forgotten Daughter of The Hills | #IndianWomenInHistory

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