An excerpt from Dastan-e-Ghadar: The Tale of the Mutiny, the memoir of Zahir Dehlvi, an official in the Mughal court of Bahadur Shah Zafar, chronicling how a young European woman was protected during the 1857 revolt.
Not just Begum Hazrat Mahal and Rani Lakshmibai but dozens of women participated in active fighting against the British. Their stories are largely unrecorded.
After the trauma of 1857, literature on the Mughal court acquired an unreal quality and was projected as an idealistic world to denounce the British Raj.
From the times of the Mughals, Muslims high and low have been an integral part of Ram Leelas all around the country