Siraj-ud-daula


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Siraj-ud-daula

?1728--57, Indian leader who became the Great Mogul's deputy in Bengal (1756); opponent of English colonization. He captured Calcutta (1756) from the English and many of his prisoners suffocated in a crowded room that became known as the Black Hole of Calcutta. He was defeated (1757) by a group of Indian nobles in alliance with Robert Clive
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The group also revived historical plays by Girish Chandra Ghosh [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (1844-1912), notably Siraj-ud-daula [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], a play named after and about a Nawab of Bengal whom the English defeated in the Battle of Plassey in 1757 (Bharucha 1983, 63).
He also produced evidence that Siraj-ud-daula did not order the prisoners to be shut in the black hole and knew nothing about it until afterwards.
Siraj-ud-Daula, Chairman Scientific Committee, PMA with the help of slides depicted awful conditions of the mouth of patients who had been using pan, chhalia and cigarettes from an early age and had experienced painful death.
This act is, of course, reminiscent of Mir Jaffar, who was similarly to switch loyalties from Siraj-ud-Daula to Lord Clive on the eve of the Battle of Plassey just ten years later.