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Capt. Lakshmi Sahgal was born into a highly political, nationalist family. She had her early political education at home, when the family boycotted English goods and spoke only Malayalam and Tamil. She was politically active in Madras University, but did not agree with Gandhi's call to students to give up their education and join the Civil Disobedience Movement. Instead she participated in the formation, in 1943, of the Rani Jhansi Regiment of the Indian National Army (INA), the first and only all-woman regiment in modern Indian history. Trained in warfare and weaponry, this regiment participated actively in the INA's struggle for freedom until 1946, when the INA was disbanded. A Revolutionary Life: Memoirs of a Political Activist (Kali for Women, 1997) is one of the few first-person accounts of that time, a document of immense political and historical value, that offers a unique perspective on women in armed struggle and the freedom movement.
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