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Transcript of Tantia Tope
Born in a Yeola of Nashik District, Maharashtra), he was the only son of Pandurang Rao Tope and his wife Rukhmabai. In 1851, when James Andrew Broun-Ramsay, 1st Marquess of Dalhousie deprived Nana Sahib of his father's pension, Tantia Tope also became a sworn enemy of the British.
Role in the 1857 uprising
Tantia collected huge forces and kept hunting British. He won many crucial and strategic forts. It is being said that, Tantia Tope fought no less than 150 battles. He kept hurting British rule with his Guerrilla campaigns. British forces were unable to catch him but he was betrayed by his own friend Man Singh and on 7th April 1859, British General captured him. He has hanged to death on April 18, 1859. Tantia Tope’s fierce patriotism will always be remembered by the Indian people.
There is a statue of Tantia Tope at the Nana Rao Park, commemorating his role in Indian Independence and the Kanpur massacre. It is located at the site of his execution near the present collectorate in Shivpuri town in Madhya Pradesh. Recently, a statue of Tantia Tope was inaugurated at his home town Yeola.
Ramachandra Pandurang Tope (1814 – 18 April 1859), popularly known as Tantia Tope was an Indian Maratha leader in the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and one of its more renowned generals.
Tantia Tope was Nana Sahib's close associate and general. During the Siege of Kanpur in 1857, Nana Sahib's forces attacked the British entrenchment at Kanpur in June 1857. The low supplies of food, water and medicine added to the misery of the British Forces who accepted Nana Sahib offer of safe passage to Allahabad.