New Delhi, April 18: On the occasion of Tatya Tope’s Martyr Day today, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma released a Commemorative Coin of Rs. 200/- and a Circulation Coin of Rs. 10/- on Tatya Tope. The Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Narendra Kumar Sinha was present on the occasion.
One of the most outstanding leaders of India’s First War of Independence, Tatya Tope was a patriot of the highest order. He was captured by the British Forces on 07 April, 1859 and after a hurried trial for waging war against the East India Company, he was hanged to death on 18 April 1859 at Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh.
Ministry of Culture has been celebrating the 200th Birth Anniversary of Tatya Tope during 2015-16 in association with State Government of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh respectively. State Government of Maharashtra organised the Inaugural Function at Shaniwar Wada at Pune on 28 February, 2016. Before that, a three day Mahotsav named ‘Shaurya Mahotsav’ was held from 26 February 2016.
A Special Lecture and Conference on Tatya Tope was organised by Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML) in Delhi on 16 February 2016. The Government of India is also considering creation of infrastructure in the memory of Tatya Tope by constructing a Memorial at Yeola, Nasik, Maharashtra and a War Museum at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh in association with the respective State Governments.