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RANI VELU NACHIYAR

3rd January, 2022 Modern history

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Context

  • Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has paid tributes to Rani Velu Nachiyar on her birth anniversary.

 

About

  • Rani Velu Nachiyar was a queen of Sivaganga estate from c. 1780–1790. 
  • She was the first Indian queen to wage war with the East India Company in India. 
  • She is known by Tamils as Veeramangai (“brave woman”).
  • During this period, she formed an army and sought an alliance with Hyder Ali with the aim of launching a campaign against the East India Company in 1780.
  • Acquired Skills: She was trained in war match weapons usage, martial arts like Valari, Silambam (fighting using the stick), horse riding and archery.
    • She was a scholar in many languages and she had proficiency with languages like French, English and Urdu.
  • War against the British: In collaboration with Hyder Ali and Gopala Nayaker, she waged a war against the British and emerged victoriously.

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