The Policy Times History Critics :
Today 5th July in the history of Awadh, King Wajid Ali Shah’s fourth son Birjis Quder was crowned as the King of Awadh. He was a popular king not appointed by the British but by the people of Awadh. Some people hailed him as the young Krishna, some as the savior who would wipe the British out of the soil of Awadh. Under the guidance of Begum Hazrat Mahal whom the British viewed as the energetic Queen of Awadh, a new awakening took place in Awadh. It was a popular movement not restricted to selected soldiers but to the whole of Awadh and our country. Everyone took arms against the foreigners and tried their level best to teach them a lesson.
Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar ratified the coronation and addressed him as his dutiful son. The old order in which Delhi used to hold the central place was restored. Coins began to be minted and everyone was happy that there was a new ruler. People happily began to pay taxes and even talukdars vowed to give their life for the new rulers.
As usual, the British propaganda machinery became active and tried to belittle the efforts of the freedom fighters they tried all sorts of tricks to stop the spread of this mass movement. But there was no stop to the outburst of the people who were fed up with foreign interference in the affairs of the state.
Under the warrior, Queen Begum Hazrat Mahal Lucknow became a citadel where there was refuge only for freedom fighters. According to my father Dr. Kaukab Quder Meerza his great grandmother, Begum Hazrat Mahal was just like Joan of Arc who out of the blue came and supported the freedom fighters.