The story of why letters were sent by Nanasahib to Assam and how the proclaimation of independence , made in Bahadur Shah Zafar’s name – was heard in far away Dibrugarh and Guwahati !
Nothing can be further from the truth . For the echoes of the great uprising of ordinary soldiers and princes were heard even in far away Assam ! The proclaimation made in 1857 in name of the Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar had reached first Calcutta , and from there further east to Guwahati and Dibrugarh. And the architect of all this was one patriot now forgotten from India’s history books – Maniram Dutta Barua , popularly known as Maniram Dewan.
The British Entry in Assam and the end of the Tai Ahom dynasty :
Discontent rises against the British :
1. Discontinuation of puja at Kamakhya mandir.
2. Discouraging saatras
3. Appointment of Bengalis and Marwaris to various administrative posts in lieu of Assamese.
4. Preferential treatment to Europeans in tea plantations
5. Desecration of the Ahom tombs
Maniram Dewan rises in revolt :
Organising the uprising :
A blunder – a misplaced message :
Bahadur Goanburha and Formud Ali were sent to the Andamans. Madhu Mallick , Dutiram Barua , Marangikhowa Gohain and others received transportion for life. Madhuram Koch and others were sentenced to various prison terms lasting upto seven years. Two ladies – Rupahi Aideo and Lumboi Aideo had their entire property confiscated, including land.
Two freedom fighters – Peali Barua and Maniram Dewan – were publicly hanged at Jorhat on February 26 , 1858.
An inspirational and forgotten event ! – a summary
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