200th Birth Anniversary of Tatya Tope

200th Birth Anniversary of Tatya Tope
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Ramchandra Pandurang Tope was born in 1814 to Pandurang rao Tope. He was nicknamed as Tatya.  The British deprived Tatya Tope’s father of his pensions which made Tatya Tope as the sworn enemy of the British.

Ramchandra Pandurang Tope was born in 1814 to Pandurang rao Tope. He was nicknamed as Tatya. The British deprived Tatya Tope’s father of his pensions which made Tatya Tope as the sworn enemy of the British.

He was an adherent of Nana Sahib of Bithur. Nana Sahib was the adopted son of Peshwa Bajirao II. Therefore, as per Lord Dalhousie’s Doctrine of Lapse he was Deprived of his father’s Pension, which led him to revolt with Tatya Tope as his Commander-in-chief.

After the defeat at Cawnpore, Tatya Tope joined Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi. They were successful in capturing Gwalior, However this victory was short lived and he was defeated by General Napier.

Escaping this attack he fled into the Rajputana, and after several encounters with the british army he finally found refuge with Raja MaanSingh of Narwar.

ManSingh was in dispute with Maharaja of Gwalior, and the British exploited this opportunity by offering MaanSingh protection to his life and property.

This caused Mansingh to betray Tatya Tope. Tatya Tope was eventually captured and executed at Shivpuri on 18th April 1859.

Recently NDA government released a Rs. 200 commemorative coin and Rs. 10 circulation coin in his honour.

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