The rich history of Bihar is most varied in India.The unmatchable culture, languages and jaw dropping stories of Emperors of this place including Ashoka,Veer Kunwar Singh, Darbhanga Maharaj, Hatwa Maharaj and any more. Babu Veer Kunwar Singh was one of the great fighter as well as a notable leader during the famous Indian Rebellion of 1857, who dedicated his whole life to protect his territory and the nation from the Britishers and to maintain it’s honour.
1. Kunwar Singh was born on November 1777 in a Zamindar family of the Ujjainiya clan of the Jagdishpur,Parmar Rajputs which is currently a part of Bhojpur district , Bihar , India. He was the son of Raja Shahabzada Singh and Rani Panchratan Kunwar Devi Singh.
2,Under the command of the British East India Company, he led a select band of armed soldiers against the troops. He was the chief organiser of the fight against the British in Bihar. Warriors like Nana Saheb , Rani Laxmibai , Tatya Tope and Begum Hazrat Mahal fought against the British in their respective regions.
3.The revolutionaries of Danapur, Bihar was also revolted on 25th July 1857 and gained control over there. Theserevolutionaries was leading by Veer Kunwar Singh. In comparison to the British, Kunwar Singh had limited resources but still he was not dissappointed and organized the revolutionaries.
4.He adopted the technique of Guerilla warfare and again defeated the Britishers. He got successful in causing damage to the public wealth of the British by his war policies. British officials called him as keen huntsman who love to enjoy horse-riding.
5.Just after the death of his father in 1826, he became the Taluqdar of Jagdishpur and got married to the daughter of Raja Fateh Narayan Singh, a rich zamindar of Gaya district. Kunwar singh proceeded from Jagdishpur to Guerilla warfare in the district of Ghazipur, Ballia, Azamgarh etc. and painted British as much as he can.
6.He also went to Banda , Rewa and Kanpur in many war campaign, meanwhile, the British received help from England and the rulers of princely states supported British. Due to non-commencement of the war the British got an opportunity to suppress the rebellion. In the fear of rebellion, British disarmed the Indian soldiers of the army and shoot them with cannons.
7.To honour his memory and his contribution to India’s freedom movement , the Republic of India issued a commemorative stamp on 23rd April 1966. There is also an university based on his name called Veer Kunwar Singh University, Arrah which was established in 1992. There is a bridge named Veer Kunwar Singh setu which was inaugurated in 2017 to connects north and south Bihar together. This setu is also known as Arrah-Chhapra Bridge. Some of the Bhojpuri singer mentioned him in their folk songs as a hero who fought against British oppression. One such song is …
अब छोड़ रे फिरंगिया! हमारऽ देसवा
लटपट कईले तुहुँ,
मजवा उड़ैले कैलास, देसपर।
जुलुम जोर शहर-गाँव लुटि,
फुनकी, दिहियात फिरंगिया, सुनी
सुनी कुंवर के बड़इयाँ में,
लागल अगिया, अब छोड़ रे फिरंगिया! हमार देसवा![divider]Also Read- Meet the ‘smart’ daughters of Bihar’s digital villages[/divider]
Another famous folk song based on Holi is very popular among the elderly people of rural Bihar. The lyrics goes like….
बंगला में उड़ेला गुलाल ए बाबू – बंगला में उड़ेला गुलाल,
ए हो बाबू कुँवर सिंह डेगवा बढ़ाएं – बंगला में उड़ेला गुलाल।।
Such thrilling tales of Kunwar Singh of Bihar are still alive in our folk songs-lores and has became immortal in history.
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