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Updated: July 18, 2012 09:38 IST

Book on Turrebaz Khan released

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The memorial at Kothi in Hyderabad built in memory of valiant freedom fighter Turrebaz Khan and others who attacked Residency on July 17, 1857 during First War of Indian Independence.
The Hindu Photo Library The memorial at Kothi in Hyderabad built in memory of valiant freedom fighter Turrebaz Khan and others who attacked Residency on July 17, 1857 during First War of Indian Independence.

Unsung ‘Hero of Hyderabad’ remembered for his role in the First War of Independence in 1857

Exactly on this day, 155 years ago, an ordinary man from Begum Bazar in the city mobilized 6,000 people to attack the British Residency. He revolted at a time when even the Nizam was a mere prop of the British. A highly traversed road in the city is named after him. Yet, few speak of him or know about his historic exploits.

Narrating the tale of the unsung ‘Hero of Hyderabad’ – Turrebaz Khan – and every minute detail of the First War of Independence from the neglected, but crucial, Southern Indian perspective, Dr.Devireddy Subramanyam Reddy, Prof. and Head of Department (Retd.) at S.V University in Tirupati, has authored the ‘Uprising of 1857: A movement that defined India of August 15, 1947’.

Important day

“Today is a very important day in the State’s history as, on July 17, 1857, Turrebaz Khan led a huge army of discontented masses in ‘British Andhra’ and ‘Nizam Andhra’ against colonialism,” said Dr. Reddy. While throwing light on the socio-political conditions during that period and oppressive policies of the British, the book secures Turrebaz Khan his rightful place in the nation’s history.

“The revolt of 1857 belonged not just to Lucknow, Delhi, Allahabad, Kanpur and other parts of Central India. The Southern regions too rose up in arms against the exploitative colonial rule, and few know of it,” said Chennuru Anjaneya Reddy, former Director General of Police, releasing the book here on Tuesday.

“Contributing to the ignored regional history of Andhra Pradesh, the book reveals how Telangana, Rayalseema and Coastal Andhra revolted against the British Raj,” he added.

Key link

When the Nizam was in huge debts and was steadily losing all his power to the British, Turrebaz Khan along with ordinary Muslims in the city attacked the British and they were brutally killed in their attempt, explained Prof K.S.S Seshan, retired HoD of history, University of Hyderabad.

“Tracing the revolt as one by the common man – not by the nobility or the Nizam – the book is vital because our freedom will hold no meaning if posterity has no access to such regional histories,” he said.

There was no India, India is a product of the British rule, lets face it that it was very coincidental that the sepoy mutiny and the call to arms against Lord Dalhousie's Doctrine of Lapse came about the same time. I am so sure that the Rani of Jhansi would have not fought had this law not been passed. I think we get fooled all to often by "our" history books and popular media. The truth is we were, we are and we always will be divided.
If we were really one nation, then I am sure right from the word go, we would have opposed the European colonisers, but did we? no we did not. We made deals with them, traded with them, its only when the terms went against us we cried out in patriotism!!! Sad that we get fooled over and over again.

from:  Badami
Posted on: Jul 20, 2012 at 10:18 IST

Its really unfortunate to see such a comment to such a great story. if
we weren't divided as Hindus and Muslims no European would have
controlled any portion of India

There is always lot of talk regarding discrimination, to be frank I don't see any trace of it . In Kerala where I live there are more
Muslim Cabinet Ministers than Hindus

In every walk of life there is a strong presence of eminent scholars
from Muslim community, there are even talks of reservation within
reservation for the community, where exactly is the discrimination?

Today if you are expecting some one to come and help you and provide
for you , then whats being practiced is exact the reverse of what
great men like Turrebaz Khan had done centuries ago

Special thanks to Dr.Devireddy Subramanyam Reddy for bringing the
unsung hero to lime light

from:  Arun MP
Posted on: Jul 19, 2012 at 17:56 IST

we should be inspired by his courage and the love he had towards his country but not his religion. we should always be united in order to bring prosperity in our country. our country will be developed only when we work hard together as indians and not as hindus or muslims. our country had achieved independence from the british 60 years ago but we still did not achieved independence from this religious barriers.

from:  Anuradha
Posted on: Jul 19, 2012 at 17:18 IST

Dear Naveed Khan, you comment is very unfortunate and ill-informed.
1857 revolt involved all Indians, not just Muslims. Most of those who
revolted were non-Muslims.

from:  Akshay Mahajan
Posted on: Jul 19, 2012 at 15:27 IST

Sad to see that people are seeing this with a communal point of view. To be honest I did not know anything about Turrebaz Khan, but after reading this article I want to buy the book and read more about this legend. We respect freedom fighters irrespective of their caste, religion or racial background because they are the people who made great sacrifices so that their future generations can live their lives freely and peacefully. Bringing community and caste into everything does not do any good to anyone, and yes, a quick revision of Indian history might also help. :)

from:  Krishna
Posted on: Jul 19, 2012 at 15:10 IST

Good job!Certain section of Indian think tank deliberately made it sure that contribution of Muslims to Independence of India and its growth thereafter be sidelined for good.It was Tipu Sultan 1799 war who started fight with the British, when marathas and nawab of bengal turned up with the british.For reasons not documented (or rewritten as most of modern history)well, Marathas even disclosed tipu's plan of defense to britishers when he visited pune to peshwas consultation and help. FYI,More than 19,000 scholars (yes Madrasa teachers), forget counting ordinary Muslims, along with its other Indian brethren gave up their life in the war of Independence.The only names deliberately highlighted are Jhansi ki rani (who fought for her dattak putra's pension), Tatya Tope etc. Mangal Pandey was genuine common man's voice against british.Yet only others are mentioned as freedom fighters ignoring Muslims contribution.Media highlights only Muslim criminals as terrorists & looks as new untouchables

from:  Mirza
Posted on: Jul 19, 2012 at 10:13 IST

If Muslims had not started the revolution in 1857 and Muslim League had not been formed 1906 in Dhaka, I suspect India would still be colony of the British. I fully agree that the foundation of the Indian independence was laid in the 1857 the first war of freedom. Indian Muslims paid a heavy price for that uprising and they were discriminated against by the British. 65 Years after Independence Muslims are discriminated. It is unfortunate and tragic for the Muslims of India.

from:  Naveed Khan
Posted on: Jul 18, 2012 at 21:21 IST
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