Tatya Tope : Images, Profile, Biography and Life History
18 APRIL : LEADER OF 1857 TNDIAN REBELLION, DIED
Tatya Tope, was born in 1814 in the present day Nashik district of Maharashtra. An important figure in the 1857 revolt.
Ramachandra Pandurange Tope, better known aa Tatya Tope. He was killed on 18th April 1859. Though most historical texts say he was executed by the British. Tatya Tope’s descendants have claimed in recent years tjat he died fighting the British. In Bithur the young Tatya Tope got to know the adopted son of the peshwa.
Popularly known as Nana Saheb, and became very close to him. During the revolt of 1857, Tatya Tope was among the closest military aides of Nana Saheb. The British sent a force led by General Herry Havelock to kanpur. By the time British forces reached kanpur, Tatya Tope and Nana Saheb had left the city. But the 1857 rebellion was not over yet.
Tatya Tope continued to fight against a far superior British army. It was a bloody fight but the east India company’s forces emerged victorious. The kanpur phase of the rebellion was effectively over.
Tatya Tope regrouped, at one stage joining hands with the legendary queen of Rani Laxmi Bai, who was finally killed in battle. Tatya Tope’s descendants have, however, disputed both the events surrounding his death and the larger historical narrative of the revolt of 1857 in general. Tatya Tope is mentioned as a hero. Operation Red lotus demonstrates that India, today, remains a nation because of the leader of 1857 and Tatya Tope, especially his resurgent campaign during late 1858 that received the spirit of freedom.
INDIA 121 BY KANIKA GAUTAM