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Of Dacoits, Sultana Daku, Man Singh and India

Updated on December 28, 2017

Dacoits in India

India is a land of contrasts, at one end we have modern cities like Bombay and Delhi and at the other end is the lawless land of Central India. This area crisscrossed by ravines and deep gorges is home to the dacoits and gangs led by Daku’s (Dacoits).

The tradition of this form of crime lies in the seeds of history when armed gangs called thugs roamed the areas of the united provinces. These thugs were killers who killed the travelers and robbed them. They never shed blood and the form of killing was strangulation with a small Roomal (Cloth).

Thuggery

The Raj put an end to this thuggery and many thugs were hanged, but the crime did not die away an din due course a new breed of gun men called Daku’s or dacoits soon appeared on the scene. Over the decades these Daku’s have songs and ballads sung in their honor, for we understand they were men of honor. This is a difficult word to apply to a gun toting criminal, but these dacoits never touched women and children and never indulged in torture. Many of them were veritable Robin Hoods who gave freely to the poor and subsidized temples and places of worship.

Sultana Daku

At the turn of the century, the one man who ruled the roost in Central India was Sultana Daku. He was a Muslim but he robbed the government treasuries and also killed the policemen. He was thus a marked man but the people loved him and he built an aura about himself. Even now ballads are sung in the honor of Sultana Daku and how he robbed the trains and the government treasuries and distributed the spoils among the poor. Sultana was however captured and hanged in 1924, but many feel he was a nationalist.

Man Singh

A string of Dacoits continued to rule the ravines of Central India and soon came the formidable Man Singh. He was higher caste, Thakur and he took to crime for his own personal reason. He committed over 200 murders and yet the common villagers respected him. It was not uncommon for him to give money to a poor man to celebrate his daughter's wedding and he also gave freely to the temples and places of worship. A temple dedicated to Man Singh is still there in UP.

The police and the government were alarmed and sent in the Gurkhas to kill Man Singh. In 1955 the dreaded dacoit was shot dead in an encounter, but people stiill remember him and worship at the temple dedicated to him.

The ravines are now almost free of dacoits as development has taken roots, but the era of dacoits is still fondly remembered as another era from the great past of India.

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you for writing this. Somethings are never taught to us in school. That is too bad. But, I appreciate that you helped me to learn about what has happened in India. India has a long history, and we, as Americans know next to nothing about it.

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