Q. “Begum Hazrat Mahal” was head of which of the following revolt storm centre?

[A] Delhi

[B] Kanpur

[C] Jhansi

[D] Lucknow

Answer: D

Explanation: Begum Hazrat Mahal took over the reins at Lucknow where the rebellion broke out on June 4, 1857, and popular sympathy was overwhelmingly in favour of the deposed Nawab.

  • Her son, Birjis Qadir, was proclaimed the nawab and a regular administration was organised with important offices shared equally by Muslims and Hindus.
  • Henry Lawrence, the British resident, the European inhabitants and a few hundred loyal sepoys took shelter in the residency.
  • The residency was besieged by the Indian rebels and Sir Henry was killed during the siege.

Source: Spectrum Modern India