A commemorative postage stamp on Veer Baburao Shedmake, an Indian freedom fighter during Indian Rebellion of 1857 :
Issued on Mar 12, 2009
Issued for : India Post is proud to issue a commemorative postage stamp in the memory of Vir Baburao Puleshwar Shedmake.
Stamp, FDC & Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nasik
Name : Baburao Puleshwar Shedmake
Born on Mar 12, 1833
Died on Oct 21, 1858 at Chanda, Chandrapur district, Maharashtra, India
- Baburao Puleshwar Shedmake was born on 12th March, 1833. He was the eldest son of Poolaisur Bapu and Jurja Kunwar. Poolaisur Bapu was Up-Zamindar of Molampalli of Ghot Zamindari under District Chanda CP and Berar, Maharashtra. As per the tradition of Gond tribe, Shedmake got his initial education from Ghotul Sanskar Kendra where he learnt Hindi, Gondi and Telugu along with music and dance. As English was getting prominence Shedmake‘s father sent him to Raipur, Chhatisgarh for learning English. After completing his education at Raipur, Shedmake came back to Molampalli. He was 18 years old when he as per his tribe tradition got married to Raj Kunwar.
- In 1854 Chandrapur came under British rule. Shedmake was first to raise his voice against British rule. He used Guerilla war tactics against the Britishers. During 1857, when entire India declared war of independence against the British rule, Shedmake consolidated 500 tribal youth from the region and prepared an army and with this army he was able to capture Rajghad area. When this information reached Chandrapur, the Deputy Collector, Mr. Krikton sent British army to curb it, but near Nandgaon Bhosari the British army was defeated. Mr. Krikton sent another troop which fought battle at Sanganapur and Bamanpet but they also lost the battle.
- These two victories encouraged Shedmake and he attacked telephone camp at Chinchgudi on 29th April, 1858 in which Telegraph Operators Mr. Hall and Mr. Gartland were killed but Mr. Peter managed to escape and reported the incident to Mr. Krikton. Mr. Krikton then used his diplomatic tactics for arresting Shedmake. On one side he asked Captain Shakespeare from Nagpur to assist him and on the other side he forced Rani Laxmi Bai, Zamindarini of Aheri to help them. His tactics worked and Rani Laxmi Bai conspired against Shedmake which Shedmake was not aware of. On 18th September, 1858 Shedmake was arrested. He was brought to Chanda Central Jail. On 21st October, 1858, Baburao Puleshwar Shedmake was hanged at open ground in Chanda.
- Text : Based on the material provided by the proponent.