The revolt of 1857 – do we remember?
India is commemorating a seminal revolt against the British by native soldiers 150 years ago that jolted colonial rule, but there is hardly any enthusiasm for the anniversary and the heroes of that struggle mostly forgotten.
This album is dedicated to BIHAR and the 19th centenary leader and freedom fighter Bir Kunwar Singh. This album is also dedicated to those brave jawans who fought insurmountable odds to defend what they perceived to be the just cause.
Bir Kunwar Singh was a prominent Indian revolutionary who played a crucial role in transforming the Sepoy Mutiny into the all India revolt of 1857. Kunwar Singh, Babu Kunwar Singh belonged to a Rajput royal house of Jagdhishpur, currently a part of Sasaram district, Bihar state, India. At the age of 80 years, during India’s First War of Independence (1857-58), he actively led a select band of armed soldiers against the troops under the command of the British Raj, and also recorded victories in many battles. In his last battle, fought on 23 April, 1858, near Jagdishpur, the troops under the control of the British raj were completely routed. To honor his memory and his contribution to India’s freedom movement, the Republic of India issued a commemorative stamp on 23rd April, 1966.Shahabad, with headquarters at Arrah was one of the districts of Bihar, India. The district was subsequently bifurcated into a number of districts. Kunwar Singh belonged to this district.
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