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Nana Sahib

Nana Sahib

Nana Sahib (näˈnä säˈhĭb), b. c.1821, leader in the Indian Mutiny, his real name was Dhundu Pant. The adopted son of the last peshwa (hereditary prime minister) of the Marathas, his request (1853) to the British to grant him the peshwa's title and pension was refused. In the outbreak (June, 1857) of the mutiny at Cawnpore (Kanpur) his men massacred the British garrison and colony. After suppression of the rebellion, he escaped to Nepal, where he probably died.


See P. C. Gupta, Nana Sahib and the Rising at Cawnpore (1963).

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Nana Sahib


Born about 1824; year of death unknown. One of the leaders of the Indian Popular Uprising of 1857–59 (Sepoy Mutiny).

Nana Sahib was the foster son of a Maratha peshwa (chief minister), who was the recipient of a pension from the English East India Company. After the death of the peshwa in 1851, the company refused to continue payments to Nana Sahib. Having joined the insurgents, Nana Sahib proclaimed himself peshwa in June 1857, establishing his power in the city of Kanpur and the surrounding district. He fought the colonialists in a number of major battles. In mid-July 1857 he suffered defeat at Kanpur and retreated to Oudh. After the major centers of the uprising were suppressed, Nana Sahib hid in the jungles of northern India. His subsequent fate is unknown.

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Nana Sahib's leadership and mass mobilization carried importance after the war had concluded.
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And it was that belief that made them often overlook a number of things: aspects of popular and united action when the uprising first started, the fact that men like Nana Sahib, Tantia Topi, Azimullah and Teeka Singh could work together, that the killing of the British was witnessed by a jubilant crowd, and that repeatedly in every proclamation issued the leaders talked in terms of Hindu-Muslim unity.
LORALAI -- At least one person has been killed and six others have been injured in firing at a passenger van by unknown armed assailants in Nana Sahib, Dukki area of Loralai district, on Tuesday.
Police said that a passenger van was on way from Loni area to Dukki when it was attacked by unknown attackers.Seven people sustained bullet wounds in firing at their van by unknown assailants as the vehicle reached in Nana Sahib Ziarat area of Dukki teshil, they, adding that the miscreants fled from the scene.
Worried seer According to experts, Nana Sahib -- the talukedar of Bithur in Kanpur -- was a friend of Rao Ram Baksh Singh.
Sources: Gupta, Pratul Chandra, Nana Sahib and the Rising at Cawnpore.
According to details armed men opened fire at Nana Sahib Road Gadai here today.
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