First known rebels Ramji Gond

Ever since Europian and British entered India, Indians have always fought against the attrocities of tax, abuse, conversion. It’s just un fortunate we have let thousands of our Freedom fighters unheard of and we probably think indians gave no resistance to the invaders.

As of today, the earliest revolt i could trace even before Sepoy mutiny and 1857 revolt is

Revolt of Ramji Gond can be called as the first rebellion against the British in India.

It is this revolt that inspired Mangal Pandey to kill British Officers on 29 March 1857 which led to Sepoy Mutiny on 10 May 1857.

Gondu rajas had their presence across regions of totays Chattisgarh, Manik Gond, Asifabad, Tunnur, Chennur,.

The key town Nirmal fell along way berween Marathwad Nagpur way.

Nizam of Hyderabad Asaf Jah V, the British feudatory of the region, wanted to capture the Gond kingdom.

Gondas being a very aggressive , self respecting gave no such chance.

Ramji took up arms against the Nizam’s soldiers. His army, which included Rohilla and Gond soldiers, defeated the Nizam’s forces.

British soldiers used to ente the Gond Kingdom illegally, and damaged public property. Ramji Gond killed these soldiers.

Ramji Gond fought a guerrilla campaign against the British Indian government to preserve his Gond kingdom.

The British Government appointed Colonel Robert to subdue Ramji Gond. On 9 April 1860, Colonel Robert got information that Ramji Gond was at Nirmal village, Adilabad. He attacked and defeated Ramji, who was captured along with his 1000 soldiers.

On 9 April 1857, Ramji Gond and his accomplices were hanged to death on a Banyan tree in Nirmal village. The tree came to be known as Veyyi Purrela (skull) Chettu or Veyyi Purrela Marri.

However Hanging of 1000 Gonds of Telangana was more brutal and earlier event than Jallianwalabagh Massacre. Unfortunately injustice to Gonds was not so pronounced due to the suppression of the event by Nizam and the British.

Shame on Nizams, Historians who chose to be be selective to present us history ti thier favour.

Jai Hind

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