About Shaheed Gendsingh

About Shaheed Gendsingh

The Maratha inscriptions describe Bastar as a zamindari or suba or a province of Chhattisgarh, which was ruled by the Bhoslas. The kings of Bastar never accepted the supremacy of the Marathas. Bastar state remained as it is till 1777 AD but due to the plundering attitude of the Marathas and their comrades later shrank/became smaller, still in front of the Marathas till 1818 AD. did not bow down and bowed down, when there was an agreement between the Marathas and the British.

The presence of Marathas and British officials in Paralkot of Bastar region had threatened the identity of the tribals, and they began to feel threatened by foreign civilization. Exploitation was being done by Marathas and British contractors, due to which the tribals were angry. The Paralkot rebellion was started with the aim of driving out the foreign power.

Paralkot Zamindari was one of the oldest Zamindari situated in the North West of Bastar State. Paralkot is situated at the confluence of three rivers Kotri, Nivara and Gudra, crossing the Kotri river and the village Sitaram is located. Where even today there are ruins of the palace of Ballsingh. The tall trees of Sal, Sarai, Mahua, Mango, Peepal, and bamboo bushes provide protection around the village.

Gendsingh was the Zamindar of Parlkot Pargana of Bastar region. But this Zamindar was never appointed by the Raja of Bastar. Gendsingh always used to go to Paralkot from his village. The pride of the oldest Bastar. On special invitation in Bastar Dussehra, Gendsingh used to attend Bastar Dussehra from his village via Sonpur route. Were. He used to confuse his pargana area on his horse and people used to witness their happiness and sorrows from him. Gendsingh was called Naik in the public mind  and he was called as Bau. The effect of his personality was not only in humans, but the creatures of the forest area also believed him.

Gendsingh was a brave man of organization ability. They failed in this rebellion because conventional weapons could not be fought in front of guns. GendSingh's sacrifice is an unforgettable example for the liberation of Bastar. In short, the Paralkot rebellion took place with the aim of destroying the foreign power of the Abujhmadis here. Seeing the intensity of the rebellion, Agnew in January 1825 directed the Chanda Superintendent of Police, Captain Pew, to suppress the rebellion immediately. As a result, the combined army of Marathas and British besieged Paralkot on 10 January 1825. Gendsingh was arrested,  and his associates were prosecuted by the British. And on 20 January 1825, he was hanged in front of the palace of Paralkot. Since 1825 this rebellion against the British power was short, but it has become synonymous with the indomitable courage of the tribals of Bastar.

(Source : Tribal Research and Training Institute, New Raipur)