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Nana Sahib

Nana Sahib (näˈnä säˈhĭb) [key], b. c.1821, leader in the Indian Mutiny, his real name was Dhundu Pant. The adopted son of the last peshwa (hereditary prime minister) of the Marathas, his request (1853) to the British to grant him the peshwa's title and pension was refused. In the outbreak (June, 1857) of the mutiny at Cawnpore (Kanpur) his men massacred the British garrison and colony. After suppression of the rebellion, he escaped to Nepal, where he probably died.

See P. C. Gupta, Nana Sahib and the Rising at Cawnpore (1963).

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