Dhan Singh Gurjar

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Statue of Dhan Singh Gurjar in Commisionarie Chowk, Meerut

Kotwal Dhan Singh Gurjar, whose home was in the village of Panchali,[1] was a participant in the Indian Rebellion of 1857. On 10 May 1857 Dhan Singh Gurjar opened the gate of the prison in Meerut. People took up weapons and marched to kill the British. Important places in Meerut were captured[citation needed]. After completing the task at Meerut[citation needed], the rebels marched towards Delhi, with the slogan "Dilli Chalo".[2]

According to Carol E. Henderson, Gurjar is among the

Rural and non-elite personalities associated with the 1857 war [who] have recently become a focus for the assertion of collective identity, the reclaiming of memory from diverse sources and its reconstitution within the national narrative of India's first war of independence. Studies of the movements associated with these claims suggests their significance as avenues for affirmation of nno-elites within the nationalist paradigm of the anti-colonial struggle.[1]

The campus community centre of Meerut University is named after him.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Henderson, Carol E. (2013). "Spatial Memorialising of War in 1857: Memories, Traces and Silences in Ethnography". In Bates, Crispin. Mutiny at the Margins: New Perspectives on the Indian Uprising of 1857 I. SAGE Publications India,. p. 236. ISBN 9788132113362. 
  2. ^ Singh, Nau Nihal (2003). The Royal Gurjars: Their Contribution to India. Anmol Publications. p. 339. ISBN 978-81-261-1414-6. "Kotwal Dhan Singh Gurjar was the leader of this initial battle of 1857. Dhan Singh Gurjar was the Kotwal of Meerut in 1857" 
  3. ^ "Meerut University".