Ramachandra Pandurang Tope (1814 - 1859), also known as Tatya Tope (pronounced Toh-pey), was an Indian leader in the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Born in village Yeola in Maharashtra, he was the only son of Pandurang Rao Tope and his wife Rukhmabai, an important noble at the court of the Maratha Peshwa Baji Rao II. His father shifted his family with the Peshwa to Bithur where his son became the most intimate friend of the Peshwa\s adopted son, Nana Dhondu Pant (known as Nana Sahib) and Maharaja Madhav Singhji. In 1851, when Lord Dalhousie deprived Nana Sahib of his father\s pension, Tatya Tope also became a sworn enemy of the British. In May 1857, when the political storm was gaining momentum, he won over the Indian troops of the East India Company, stationed at Kanpur (Cawnpore), established Nana Sahib\s authority and became the Commander-in-Chief of his forces. When Nana Sahib\s
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