A tale of valour that ignited the flame of revolt in Mahakaushal region

A tale of valour that ignited the flame of revolt in Mahakaushal region

Gondwana rulers Shankar Shah and Kunwar Raghunath Shah stood tall against the British, and triggered a revolt

With Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurating the Martyr Day programme of Raja Shankar Shah and Kunwar Raghunath Shah at Jabalpur on Saturday, India remembers the valour of the fiery duo who ignited the flame of revolution in the Mahakaushal region. Shankar Shah and Raghunath Shah were the rulers of the erstwhile Gondwana Kingdom. Both attained martyrdom in the 1857 revolt against the British.

Flag of revolt hoisted by Raja Shankar Shah and son

The early 18th century saw the waning of power of the Mughal and Maratha kingdoms, and the British East India Company established control over most parts of India. This included the Gondwana region, which was under the supervision of an extremely brutal British General. In 1857, the East India Company appointed Commander Clarke of the 52 Regiment in Jabalpur.

Poets who instilled a thirst for freedom among the masses

Bothe Shankar Shah and Raghunath Shah were excellent poets and with their revolutionary poems instilling among the masses a thirst for freedom from the occupation forces.

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