Nepal Gets a Link to Indian Freedom Movement

Nepal Gets a Link to Indian Freedom Movement
  • A prominent mosque in Nepal on April 7 holds a function to mark 135 death anniversary of Begum Hazrat Mahal, who took part in India’s first war of struggle for freedom in 1857 from British rule
  • Function was organised at Jame—e-Masjid by Indian Embassy officials in Kathmandu
  • It was the first ever anniversary function in memory of Begum Hazrat Mahal, whose tomb is located in the centre of Nepal.
  • Begum Hazrat Mahal was the wife of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah of Awad in Uttar Pradesh. Inscription on her tomb records her arrival in Nepal in 1859 and death on April 7, 1879.
  • The Begun spearheaded the freedom struggle on behalf of government of Awad from 1857 to 1858.
  • After colonial British regime again occupied Awad capital Lucknow the Begum and her 10 year old son Birjis Qadr took shelter in Kathmandu along some of her trusted royal staff.
  • The Begum was given shelter in the palace despite Rana enjoying a cordial relation with British then.

Exams Perspective:

  1. Begum Hazrat Mahal
  2. 1857 Revolt