SSC History Sample Paper NCERT Sample Paper-2

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    Who of the following refused to allow the adopted son of Lakshmibai to succeed to the throne after the death of her husband, and subsequently annexed the State?

    A)  Lord Canning

    B)         Lord William Bentinck

    C)  Lord Dalhousie   

    D)        Lord Wellesley

    Correct Answer: C

    Solution :

    [c] Rani Lakshmi Bai, was married to Raja Gangadhar Rao, the Maharaja of Jhansi in 1842, and became the Rani of Jhansi. Rani Lakshmi Bai gave birth to a son in 1851, but unfortunately this child died when he was about four months old. After this tragedy, Damodar Rao was adopted as son. Later on Maharaja Gangadhar Rao also died on 21st November 1853. After the death of Maharaja Gangadhar Rao, Rani Lakshmi Bai was left alone. At this time she was eighteen years old. Rani Lakshmi Bai did not lost her courage, she always remembered her responsibility. At that time Lord Dalhousie was the Governor -General of India. Though little Damodar Rao, adopted son of late Maharaja Gangadhar Rao and Rani Lakshmi Bai was Maharaja's heir and successor as per the Hindu tradition, but the British rulers rejected Rani's claim that Damodar Rao was their legal heir. Lord Dalhousie decided to annex the state of Jhansi as Maharaja Gangadhar Rao had left no legal heir. This misfortune of Jhansi was used by the British to expand there Empire.

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