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A pictorial book telling the stories of 20 unsung women freedom fighters was released by the Culture Ministry here on Thursday. The book was brought out in partnership with Amar Chitra Katha.

Minister of State for Culture Meenakshi Lekhi said Rani Abbakka had thwarted Portuguese attacks for several decades. She said the stories were being brought to light under the “Prime Minister’s vision” as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the celebration of 75 years of Independence.

The book contains stories of Matangiri Hazra, a freedom fighter from Bengal who laid down her life in the struggle; Gulab Kaur, who fought against the British rule after abandoning her own dreams of a life abroad; Padmaja Naidu, Sarojini Naidu’s daughter and a freedom fighter in her own right; Velu Nachiyar, the first Indian queen to wage war against the East India Company; and Jhalkari Bai, a solider and adviser to the Rani of Jhansi.

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