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.

Proclamations of Nana Sahib

Proclamations of nana sahib

NANA Sahib, born Dhondu Pant in 1824, was the adopted son of the exiled Maratha Peshwa Baji Rao II and became the leader of the uprising in Kanpur. Between 27 June and 16 July, his forces held Kanpur. During this time, the massacre of the British at Satti Chaura Ghat and Bibighar took place, helping Nana Sahib become one of the most notorious figures of the uprising.1 After the Company recaptured Kanpur, Nana Sahib disappeared, spawning myths and rumours as to his whereabouts and demise (see p. 322 of this volume). These three proclamations were issued in Urdu by Nana Sahib with the purpose of ‘inciting the civil population to rebellion and the troops to mutiny.’ The ...

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