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 11: Mohammed Ali Khan's Story
Mohammed Ali Khan's Story
MOHAMMED Ali Khan, a trained engineer, had gone to Britain twice as part of diplomatic delegations. Having resigned from his service for the East India Company in disgust at its racist discrimination against him, he first joined the entourage going to Britain in 1850 with General Jung Bahadur Rana, the de facto ruler of Nepal. Treated well in Britain, Jung Bahadur led his armies in support of the British in 1857. Soon after Mohammed Ali Khan's return to India, he was recruited as an envoy by Nana Sahib (aka Dhondu Pant), the adopted son of the deposed and exiled Peshwa of the Marathas. This second delegation, jointly led by Azimullah Khan, struggled fruitlessly from 1853–1855 in London ...