Monday, May 12, 2014

Janaki Thevar


"We may be the softer and fairer sex but surely I protest against the word 'weaker,' Janaki Thevar.

Janaky Thevar or now known as Puan Sri Janaki Athi Nahappan was 17, when she left her affulent life in Malaya and responded to Subash Chandra Bose’s call for an armed force with which to liberate India. In fact she became second in Command of the Rani of Jhansi Regiment. Of which she was part of the marathon walk from rangoon to bangkok as the ina retreated. After the war Janaky became a welfare activist and helped John Thivy form the Malayan Indian Congress and was one of the first women who fought for Malayan independence. He later became a senator in Dewan Negara of the Malaysian parliament.

She passed away on Friday - what an inspiring woman.

 

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