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NagpurVision – India’s environment minister Anil Madhav Dave died Thursday at the age of 60 in New Delhi, shocking colleagues who remembered him as a nature lover committed to conservation. Dave complained More »

Sri Lanka rejects Chinese request for submarine visit — officials

NagpurVision – Sri Lanka has rejected China’s request to dock one of its submarines in Colombo this month, two senior government officials said on Thursday as the Indian prime minister landed in More »

Cyber attack hits the World Over…

NagpurVision – A global cyber attack leveraging hacking tools believed to have been developed by the U.S. National Security Agency has infected tens of thousands of computers in nearly 100 countries, disrupting More »

PM Modi leaves on two-day visit to Sri Lanka

NagpurVision – Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Sri Lanka at 2.30 p.m. on Thursday. During his two-day visit to Colombo, the Prime Minister will visit Seema Malaka Temple (Gangaramaya Temple). Thereafter, More »

Mayawati expels Naseemuddin Siddiqui from BSP

NagpurVision – Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Wednesday expelled her confidant Naseemuddin Siddiqui from the party. His son has also been thrown out. BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra announced the More »

 

History of Nagpur

The present city was founded in the early 18th century by Bhakt Buland, a Gond prince of the kingdom of Deogad in the Chhindwara district. Seeing the advantage of civilized life in Delhi, he started to build Nagpur as his new capital. His successor Chand Sultan continued the work. On Chand Sultan’s death in 1739, disputes regarding succession arose and Raghuji Bhonsle, the Maratha governor of Berar, helped to restore the elder son to the throne. As the dissentions continued, Raghuji Bhonsle again intervened in 1743, and the control of Nagpur slowly passed on from the Gonds to the Marathas. It became the capital of the Bhonsles.

With the Bhonsle dynasty came the vast class of cultivators in Vidarbha. Raghuji’s successors lost some territories to the Peshwas of Pune and the Nizam of Hyderabad. In 1803, Bhonsles (along with their allies Scindias [Shinde] of Gwalior) at Assaye and Argaon (Argaum). In 1811 Pindaris attacked Nagpur. Bhonsles again lost to the British in 1817 and Nagpur came under British influence. In 1853 Raghuji III died without an heir to his kingdom. As a result, the city lapsed into British control under Lord Dalhousie’s Doctrine of Lapse. { This policy was one of the reasons which led to the Indian War of Independence [Sepoys’ Mutiny : as referred to by the British] in 1857}

In 1861, Nagpur became the capital of the Central Provinces. The advent of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway (GIP) in 1867 spurred its development as a trade centre. After Indian independence, Nagpur became the capital of Madhya Bharat state (C.P. and Berar). In 1960, the marathi majority Vidarbha region was merged with the new state of Maharashtra and Nagpur was designated the second capital of Maharashtra state, alternating with Bombay as the seat of the Maharashtra state legislature.

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