Antique Calling Card of Rango Bāpuji Gupte Indian Diplomat for Pratapsinh of Satara


Exceedingly rare embossed calling card from Rango Bāpuji Gupte (1808-1857), printed in English and Hindi, on he reverse is his London address given at "9 Blandford Place, Regents Park".

"Rango Bapojee
Vakeel of
Shreemun Maharaja Shree Putapsive
Chutruputee Surkar of Sattaru"

He is considered an Indian diplomat, freedom fighter, and a revolutionary.

The rulers at Satara were one of the last independent branches of the Maratha Empire. After the British dissolved the state in 1839, the ruler Pratapsinh sent Rango Bapuji Gupte to England to defend the case in front of the British Parliament. He stayed there for 14 years without much success.

After returning to India, he became "one of the masterminds behind the 1857 revolt", known as the Indian Rebellion of 1857. He met Nanasaheb Peshwe and Tatya Tope and started building armed organizations in Satara, Kolhapur, Sangli, and Belgaon. However, when his plan was exposed, many of the fighters he had recruited were killed and Gupte went underground. In 1857, he went to Thane to attend a religious ceremony at his relative Prabhakar Viththal Gupte's residence near Jambhali Naka. When British police arrived to arrest him, Gupte escaped in the disguise of an old woman and was never found again. In his memory the Jambhali Naka has been named as Rango Bapuji Chowk.

Size: 7.5 x 4.5 cm approx

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