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 16: Rebels in Nepal and the Death of Nana Sahib
Rebels in Nepal and the Death of Nana Sahib
IN November 1859, the Governor of the North-West Provinces addressed a dispatch to the Government of India, forwarding a statement made by a rebel attached to the 60th Native Infantry to the Commissioner of Gurakhpur. The rebel, ‘Meer Bahadoor Ally’, was described as a ‘Munshi’ and provided an account of his activities and movements with a rebel force. Within this, he attested to the presence of numerous rebels in the Terai region of Nepal and confirmed that Nana Sahib had died there. However, while transmitting this statement, the British Governor expressed his scepticism, stating, ‘if the slightest dependence could ever be placed on the truth of such ...