The battle for Jhansi (1858 AD)
The British Government had decreedthat all independent Kingdoms which did not have a male successor hadto merge with the Empire. An adopted son was not considered asuccessor. This caused problems for Rani Lakshmibai whose adoptedson, Damodar Rao, would not have been able to ascend the throne after her husband, Raja Gangadhar Rao, died. She told the British envoy shewould not part with her kingdom, Jhansi, despite knowing she couldland into trouble. She had consulted her subjects, who hadenthusiastically supported her in taking up the issue with Britishlegally, if not militarily. Residents of Jhansi were made aware of thisnew situation. If the legal battle didn't go in her favor, she would haveto take to arms.
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