The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.
Chapter 7: The Supposed Capture of Nana Sahib
The Supposed Capture of Nana Sahib
ONE of the great unsolved mysteries of 1857 was the escape of Nana Sahib; a man whose story, in terms of Western perceptions and feelings of vengeance, is comparable to that of Osama Bin Laden in the aftermath of the Twin Towers incident in 9/11. There were numerous false alarms as over-zealous British Indian officials reported appearances of individuals who claimed to be the Nana or were thought to resemble him. The following extract is one of several such stories. It bears witness to the continuing fascination with the mutiny, decades after its extinction. The story is notable both for the statement that the Maharajah of Scindia himself had been taken in by ...