Interesting choice of site, though. Chosen for symbolic reasons, I
... When the British reached the Red Fort, Bahadur Shah had already fled
to Humayun's tomb. The British had retaken the city...The British
proceded to loot and pillage the city... An example would be the loss of
most of the works of Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib, thought of as the
greatest south Asian poet of that era...The British arrested Bahadur
Shah later and the next day British officer William Hodson shot his sons
Mirza Moghul, Mirza Khizr Sultan, and Mirza Abu Bakr under his own
authority. Their heads were presented to their father the next day.
Bahadur Shah, disillusioned and tired of being manipulated by the
sepoys, had hidden a few miles north of the city in Emperor Homayun's
tomb. This was discovered by the intrepid but headstrong Major William
Hodson, who was famous along the Northwest Frontier as the leader of
hard-riding irregulars known as Hodson's Horse and who now managed
intelligence for the British at Delhi. With 50 of his men he set out on
September 21 to bring in the errant king.
Bahadur Shah had huddled inside the cloisters of the tomb while
thousands of his servants and well-wishers sullenly watched the
approaching British horsemen. The king knew that resistance on his part
would be pointless, and he accepted Hodson's promise that the major
would spare his life if he gave up quietly.
Followed by a vast entourage of Indians, Hodson led his captive back to
Delhi. Then, he and 100 of his irregular cavalrymen returned to
Homayun's tomb, this time to bring back the king's two sons and
grandson. Despite a mob of royal retainers and partisans, many of whom
were armed, Hodson was able to flush the young scions of the Mogul
dynasty from their hiding place. Hodson, surrounded by a hostile crowd,
did something that has ever since been criticized but may have saved his
life and those of his escort -- he raised his carbine and summarily
executed the three princes.
oh! well. carry on!
Gita Dewan Verma wrote:
(says "This weekend will see the environs at Humayun's
Tomb come alive with an evening of history and
architectural excellence. The tomb has been chosen as
the venue for the prestigious Aga Khan Award for
Anyone knows more? I cant find anything on AKAA home
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