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 8: Khwaja Hasan Nizami's Begumat Ke Ansu
Khwaja Hasan Nizami's Begumat Ke Ansu
KHWAJA Hasan Nizami came from a prominent family of Chishti Sufis, closely associated with the shrine of Nizamuddin Auliya in Delhi. Over his long career as a writer and religious reformer, he published numerous books, including Delhi ki Jan Kuni (The Agony of Delhi), which has been included earlier in this volume. The following extract from his most famous collection Begumat ke Ansu (The Ladies' Tears) is a complex and ambiguous piece of prose. The tragic story of Prince Gul Andam (whom he links to one of the historical leaders of the uprising, Nawab Abdul Rehman, the Nawab of Jhajjar, who was hanged by the British) is, in the first instance, a testimony ...