LEADERS OF REVOLT OF 1857 IN INDIA
Mangal Pandey:Mangal Pandey joined the sepoy force of the British East India Company in the year1849 at the age of 22. Pandey was part of the 34th Bengal Native Infantry and is primarily known for his involvement in an attack on his senior British officers on 29th March 1857 at Barrack pore. This incident marked an opening stage of sepoy Mutiny of 1857 or the First War of Indian Independence.
Nana Sahib– At Kanpur, the revolt was led by Nana Sahib, the adopted son of exiled Maratha Peshwa Baji Rao II
Rani Lakshmibai— Rani Lakshmibai (Manikarnika) was married to Raja Gangadhar Rao Newalkar, the’Maharaja of Jhansi in 1842, and became the queen of;Jhansi. After their marriage, She gave birth to a son Damodar Rao in 1851.
Tatya Tope– TatyaTope was Nana Sahib‘s close associate and general. During the Siege of Cawnpore in 1857, Nana Sahib‘s forces attacked the British entrenchment at Kanpur in June 1857.
Veer Kunwar Singh– Veer Kunwar Singh, the king ofJagdispur, currently a part of Bhojpur district, Bihar,was one of the leaders of the Indian revolt of 1857.
Shah Mal– Shah Mal lived in a large village in parganavBarout in Uttar Pradesh. He mobilised the headmen and cultivators of chauraseedes, moving at night from village to village, urging people to rebel against the British.
Maulvi Ahmadullah Shah– Maulvi Ahmadullah Shahwas one of the many maulvis who played an important part in the revolt of 1857. Educated in Hyderabad he became a preacher when young. In1856, he was seen moving from village to village preaching jehad (religious war) against the Britishandurging people to rebel. When he reached Lucknow in1856, he was stopped by the police from preaching in the city. Subsequently, in 1857, he was jailed in Faizabad.
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