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Tatya Tope's 200th Birth Anniversary: Conference on "First War of Independence and the Indian Nation" organised
Ministry of Culture with the support of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library organized a special conference "Tatya Tope and the First war of Independence" on February 16 as a part of the Commemoration of Tatya Tope's 200th birth anniversary, stated an official release.

Prof. Makkhan Lal of Delhi Institute of Heritage Research and Management, New Delhi gave the Special Lecture on the topic of 'First War of Independence and the Indian Nation'. 

According to him, in the 18th and 19th centuries, the British scholars and administrators focused on India's vast geographical dimensions, its cultural diversity, and religious plurality, but could not believe that all three could co-exist within one nation. 

He was of the view that the British wrongfully spread the myth that India was never a nation and that they were the one who united it politically and made it into a nation.

He said that Gandhiji exposed the fallacy of British view of Indian nation and nationalist leaders such as Bipin Chandra Pal, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel, and several others visualized the concept of Indian nationhood within its great diversity. 

According to him, the freedom fighters such as Tatya Tope, Nana Saheb Peshwa and others had subscribed for Indian nationhood as Bhartavarsha.

Various speakers and paper presenters described the multifaceted personality of Tatya Tope and various aspects of the 1857 protests, struggle for independence and nationalist movement in India.

Government of India has also decided to release new commemorative coins of Rs 200 and Rs 10 to commemorate the 200th birth anniversary of Tatya Tope.

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