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Union Government released Commemorative Coin and Circulation Coin on Tatya Tope

Originally known as Ramachandra Pandurang Tope, Tatya Tope was one of the most outstanding leaders of India’s First War of Independence in 1857.

Apr 19, 2016 12:00 IST
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Union Minister for Culture and Tourism and Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma on 18 April 2016 released a Commemorative Coin of 200 rupees and a Circulation Coin of 10 rupees to mark the Martyrdom Day of Tatya Tope.

The Union Ministry of Culture has been celebrating the 200th Birth Anniversary of Tatya Tope during 2015-16 in association with State Government of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh respectively.

Maharashtra Government organised a three day Mahotsav named Shaurya Mahotsav from 26 February 2016.

About Tatya Tope

• Originally known as Ramachandra Pandurang Tope, he was one of the most outstanding leaders of India’s First War of Independence in 1857.
• He was a Maratha Brahman in the service of the former Peshwa ruler of the Maratha confederacy, Baji Rao and his adopted son Nana Sahib.
• In 1851, when Lord Dalhousie deprived Nana Saheb of his father's pension, Tatya Tope along with Nana Saheb became a sworn enemy of the British.
• In 1857, he led a revolt against British forces along with Jhansi ki Rani and Nana Sahib and gave his important contribution in the First War of Independence (1857-58).
• However, he was captured by the British Forces in April 1859.
• After a hurried trial for waging war against the East India Company, he was hanged to death on 18 April 1859 at Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh by British Forces.

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