Eminent people associated with Jhansi
- Rani Lakshmi Bai
The great heroine of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. She lived for only twenty-two years. She became a widow in her eighteenth year. She was the embodiment of patriotism, self-respect and heroism. She was the queen of a small state, but the empress of a limitless empire of glory. Her name is synonymous with Jhansi.
- Dhyan Chand
Major Dhyan Chand(1905-1979) - The great legend of field hockey is also known as the "Hockey Wizard". Once they broke his stick in Holland to check if there was a magnet inside; in Japan they decided it was glue. Dhyan Chand realised India’s Olympic dream singlehandedly when he brought home the first ever gold medal in 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. The second gold was earned in 1932 Los Angeles Olympics and the third in 1936 Berlin Olympics where the wizard of hockey scored seven consecutive goals. In 1932 India scored 338 goals in 37 matches, 133 of them his contribution. His son Ashok Kumar was also a prominent Indian hockey player.
- Maithilisharan Gupt (1886-1965) was one of the most famous modern Hindi poets. He was born in Chirgaon in Jhansi. He was designated as the National Poet by the first government of the independent India.
- Dr. Vrindavan Lal Verma was a prominent Hindi novelist, famous for his novels 'Jhansi Ki Rani', 'Mrignayani', 'Amarbel' and
- Mahakavi Keshav Dass (1561-1621) was a great Hindi poet.
- Mahavir Prasad Dwivedi
If railwayman Jim Corbett was a legend in his lifetime, his successor Mahavir Prasad Dwivedi in the Indian Central Railway (then G.I.P. Railway) was no less so. He virtually steered the course of Hindi language and literature to what we have today. During his railway service in Jhansi, Dwivedi earned wide fame as a writer and litterateur. He took the Hindi world by storm when he published his translations and critical works, including Sahitya Sandarbh and Vichar Vimarsh. He wrote extensively on Kalidas and Bharathari, and wrote Puratatwa Prasang and Vigyan Varta. No other contemporary writer in Hindi had so prolific and authoritative a pen as Dwivedi. He was the ‘Dr. Johnson’ of his time. And he rode to fame, toiling hard even after a day-long grill of attending to arrivals and departures of trains.
- Chandra Shekhar 'Azad' (1906-1931) became the leader of young revolutionaries in northern India and formed Hindustan Socialist Republican Association. He successfully carried out revolutionary activities/actions to demolish the British Rule in India. He gave leadership to young revolutionaries across northern India and became a major threat to the British Empire in India. He Chose Jhansi as the center of his group's activities.
- Pandit Sitaram Bhaskar Bhagwat (1904-1999) was a freedom fighter in India's struggle against the British rule. His ancestors actively took part in the revolution of 1857 and all the male family members were massacred by the British rulers after the failure of that revolution in Kalpi where the Bhagwat family had lived. Sitaram Bhagwat's great grand father, Pandit Narayan Rao Bhagwat alias "Tatya" Bhagwat had offered himself to be hanged in place of the great revolutionary Tatya Tope, and he facilitated the escape of Tatya Tope from the Shivpuri prison.
Sitaram Bhagwat was sent into prison several times by the British between 1921 and 1947. In 1932's movement, his wife, Savitri Bai also served a term in prison.
Sitaram Bhagwat had a multi-faceted personality. He was a "Vaidya" (physician) by profession. He was instrumental in establishing several educational institutions in and around Jhansi.
- Pandit Raghunath Vinayak Dhulekar
Born January 6, 1891 in Jhansi, Pandit Dhulekar was the founder of the Jhansi Branch of Indian National Congress. He was elected by people of Jhansi to Lok Sabha in 1952. Pandit Dhulekar was the only one among the first 500 parliamentarians to have signed the Indian consititution. He also became Speaker of the Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Parishad and was one of the prominent leaders of Congress. As a landmark event, he married his eldest son Vasant Raghunath Dhulekar to the daughter of eminent Hindu Mahasabha Leader Pandit D K Bankwar of Harda District.
Pandit Dhulekar presented the bill in Lok Sabha to make Hindi the National Language of India
- Subodh Mukherjee
Born on 14 April 1921 was a famous Director / Producer / Writer of Hindi Cinema, his hits includes Dev Anand starer Paying Guest, Munimji and Love Marriage (Some part of the movie were shooted at Jhansi with Bipin Bihari Inter college in background), and Junglee. He died on 21st May 2005. He was a brother of Sashadhar Mukherjee, famous Producer in Hindi films during early 40s and co-founder of Filmalaya Studios.
- Subodh Khandekar
This man Subodh Khandekar has been an Olympian hockey player. He has represented India in various international tournaments including Olympic Games. Currently he plays in the Railways team and has retired from international hockey.
- Abdul Azeez is also a marvelous hockey player. He has played for India for a long time and he is a contemporary of Subodh Khandekar. He was a specialist playmaker in the Right flank. His favorite position is Right-Out.
- Tushar Khandekar has kept Jhansi's tradition of producing great hockey players alive. He is the latest edition in the list of world famous hockey players from Jhansi. He is a perfect blend of the sub-continent's stylish hockey with the European pace on the field. He started his career playing with the India juniors. He successfully graduated to India seniors. He is a promising players and our hope for the coming Olympics.
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