Modern Indian History-Events and Personalities

Who was Veer Kunwar Singh (1777-1858)?


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Political factions in Bihar has planned to organise the birth anniversary of the 1857 uprising hero Veer Kunwar Singh on April 23 at Jagdishpur in Bhojpur.

Veer Kunwar Singh

  • Kunwar Singh also known as Babu Kunwar Singh was a leader during the uprising of 1857.
  • He belonged to a family of the Ujjainiya clan of the Parmar Rajputs of Jagdispur, currently a part of Bhojpur district, Bihar.
  • At the age of 80, he led a selected band of armed soldiers against the troops under the command of the British East India Company.
  • He was the chief organiser of the fight against the British in Bihar.
  • He is popularly known as Veer Kunwar Singh or Veer Babu Kunwar Singh.

Role in 1857 Uprising

  • Singh led the Indian Rebellion of 1857 in Bihar. He was nearly eighty and in failing health when he was called upon to take up arms.
  • He was assisted by both his brother, Babu Amar Singh and his commander-in-chief, Hare Krishna Singh.
  • He gave a good fight and harried British forces for nearly a year and remained invincible until the end.
  • He was an expert in the art of guerrilla warfare.

In popular culture

  • To honour his contribution to India’s freedom movement, the Centre issued a commemorative stamp on 23 April 1966.
  • The Government of Bihar established the Veer Kunwar Singh University, Arrah, in 1992.


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