Hardbound set of 5 comics includes the following titles:
Rani of Kittur (748)
Rani of Jhansi (539)
Tipu Sultan (741)
Velu Thampi (749)
Kunwar Singh (751)
As the British Empire tightened its hold over India through strength and strategy, there were individuals who stood up to oppose the growing foreign power. This Amar Chitra Katha collection remembers Rani Lakshmibai who refused to cede Jhansi to the British and took them head on. Tipu Sultan, who stood like a rock and repelled the British till he was betrayed by his own general. Rani Chenamma of Kittur, who answered the British demand for allegiance by fighting them to the end. Velu Thampi, the Diwan of Travancore, who would brook no interference from the East India Company in the affairs of his state, and Kunwar Singh, who at the grand old age of 75 chose to fight the British.
Rani of Kittur: When Chenamma, the queen of Kittur, lost her only son she was steeped in sorrow. But when her husband reminded her that even the people of Kittur were her children. She pulled herself together and devoted her life to their well-being. So committed was she to the honour and welfare of her land that when the British came asking for its allegiance she took on their military strength and fought them to the end.
Rani of Jhansi: She ruled over a small kingdom, but dreamt of freedom for the whole country. In the great revolt of 1857, Lakshmibai, the Rano of Jhansi, matched wits and force with the best of British generals. The image of the brave Rani of Jhansi charging her steed through enemy lines, her sword raised for the next thrust, is forever imprinted in Indian hearts.
Tipu Sultan: Tipu Sultan is one of the most controversial figures in Indian history. One school hails him as a valiant warrior who fought for his honour and for his country; another describes him as a ruthless and bigoted ruler. Recent researches show that Tipu was "more sinned against than sinning". As B.S Gidwani points out, Tipu was the only ruler in the eighteenth century who did not side with the English at any time in a war against his fellow countrymen. Had Tipu succeeded in forming a united front with the support of the Nizam and the Marathas, the British would not have enslaved the country as easily as they did. The fall of Tipu paved the way for British supremacy in India. Even Nana Phadnavis, a bitter opponent of Tipu, acknowledged his vital role. "Tipu is finished," he remarked, "Poona wll now be the next victim. Evil days are ahead. There seems to be no escape from destiny." In preparing this script the works of M.H.Khan, Denys Forrest, Fazal Hasan and T.T.Sharma have been consulted. The incidents included on pages 8,9,16 and 17 are based on B.S.Gidwani's "The Sword of Tipu Sultan", published by Allied Publishers Ltd., New Delhi.
Velu Thampi: It was a time of corruption and despotism in the state of Travancore. Balarama Varma, the Maharaja, was a helpless teenager who watched his Diwan take advantage of his inexperience to impose crushing taxes on the people and pocket the money himself. It was Velu Thampi who led a rebellion and overthrew the Diwan. The grateful Maharaja proclaimed him the Diwan and the people enjoyed a period of justice and firm administration. But then a greater foe awaited Velu Thampi.
Kunwar Singh: His age was no bar to his passion for freedom. Kunwar Singh was seventy-five when he chose to fight the British. His story is part of the chain of events that surround the First War of Indian Independence. Even though he was on good terms with the British commissioner of Patna, Kunwar Singh was clear that his loyalties lay with the mutinying sepoys. He and his band of men caused enough disruption to have the British baying for his arrest. Sasaram, Rewa, Ramgarh, Atraulia