Rango Bapuji Gupte

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Rango Bāpuji Gupte (Marathi: रंगो बापूजी गुप्ते) (??? – Missing July 5, 1857) was an Indian diplomat, freedom fighter, and a revolutionary.

The rulers at Satara were one of last independent branches of the Maratha Empire. After the British dissolved the state in 1839, ruler Pratapsinh sent Rango Bapuji Gupte to England to defend the case in front of the British Parliament. He stayed there for 14 years without much success.[1]

After returning to India, he became "one of the masterminds behind the 1857 revolt", known as the Indian Rebellion of 1857.[2] He met Nanasaheb Peshwe and Tatya Tope and started building armed organizations in Satara, Kolhapur, Sangli, and Belgaon.[3] However when his plan was exposed, many of the fighters he had recruited were killed [4] and Gupte went underground. In 1857, he went to Thane to attend a religious ceremony at his relative Prabhakar Viththal Gupte's residence near Jambhali Naka. When British police arrived to arrest him, Gupte escaped in the disguise of an old woman and was never found again. In his memory the Jambhali Naka has been named as Rango Bapuji Chowk.[5]

It is said that Gupte lived incognito in the Darwha town.[6] A memorial named 'Char Bhinti' in Satara honors Rango Bapuji Gupte.[7]

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  1. ^ The Quarterly review of historical studies (Calcutta, India: Institute of Historical Studies). Volumes 5-6: page 225 http://books.google.com/books?id=EiHjAAAAMAAJ&q=%22Rango+Bapuji+Gupte%22&dq=%22Rango+Bapuji+Gupte%22&hl=en&ei=4wRGTcGPMYGssAPXruy9Cg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAg |url= missing title (help). Retrieved January 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ Joshi, P. L. (1980). Political ideas and leadership in Vidarbha. Dept. of Political Science & Public Administration, Nagpur University. pp. page 195. 
  3. ^ "Diamond Maharashtra Sankritikosh (Marathi: डायमंड महाराष्ट्र संस्कृतीकोश)," Durga Dixit, Pune, India, Diamond Publications, 2009, ISBN 978-81-8483-080-4.
  4. ^ Singh, M.P. (2002). Encyclopaedia of teaching history. Anmol Publications PVT. LTD. pp. page 448. ISBN 978-81-261-1243-2. 
  5. ^ Mandape, Asha (August 28, 2010). "City raves of its royal heritage". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved January 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Darwha Town". Wikimapia. Retrieved January 30, 2011. 
  7. ^ satarinfo.com. "Char Bhinti". Retrieved January 30, 2011. 

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