A collage by Shrikant Apte
Nana Saheb Peshwa was one of the key commanders of 1st War of Independence. Nana Saheb was born as Dhondu Pant to Narayan Bhatt and Ganga Bai. In 1827, he was adopted by Maratha Peshwe Baji Rao II. Through his adoption, Nana Saheb was heir-presumptive to the throne. When the First War of Independence broke out, he took over leadership of the mutineers in Kanpur. After seizing Kanpur, which had a small British garrison, Nana Saheb proclaimed himself the Peshwa and called for the total extermination of British power in India.
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