9. The Fight for Freedom (1857)
(Scene 1: Begum Hazrat Mahal at her palace)
Narrator: Many former rulers like Begum Hazrat Mahal of Lucknow were bitter.
Begum Hazrat Mahal: The white man has taken away my kingdom!
Narrator: They joined the upsurge against the foreigner.
(Scene 2: A large group of people can be seen listening to Maulvi Ahmedulla of Faizabad
Narrator: Popular leaders like Maulvi Ahmedulla of Faizabad told the people –
Maulvi Ahmedulla: Rise, brothers, rise! The Angrez is ruining our land!
Narrator: The people rose everywhere, in Bareilly, Kanpur and Allahabad.
(Scene 3: At a palace)
Narrator: Azimulla Khan told Tatya Tope
Azimulla Khan: We should have Peshwa Nana Saheb as our leader in this war of independence.
Narrator: The patriots pounced upon the British and fought pitched battles all over North India.
(Scene 4: At river Ganges)
Narrator: Eighty-year old Kunwar Singh of Bihar received a bullet in his wrist.
Kunwar Singh: Mother Ganga! This is my last offering to you!
Many former rulers like Begum Hazrat Mahal of Lucknow was very angry with the Britishers because the Englishmen had taken control over her kingdom. Leaders like Maulvi Ahmedulla of Faridabad called out his people and said, "Rise, brothers, rise! The Angrez is ruining our land!" He motivated his country people that they are going to free the country from the hands of the Englishmen. To save the country, they need the support of the Indian soldiers. After hearing that, the people of Bareilly, Kanpur and Allahabad came forward in the protest against Britishers.

Entire North India came together in large numbers to fight against the British. At that time, Azimulla Khan expressed his thoughts to Tatya Tope that they should have Peshwa Nana Saheb as their leader in this war of Indian Independence. Later on, the patriots fought against the Britishers and the war spread all over North India.
War of Indian Independence (only for reference)

In this revolt, an eighty-year-old warrior named Kunwar Singh of Bihar was attacked by the enemies. Kunwar Singh got hit by a bullet on his wrist during the fight. So he cut of his hand in order to avoid more damage to his health and dedicated it to Mother Ganga (river) as an offering.
Meanings of the difficult words:
BitterFeeling or showing anger, hurt, or resentment because of bad experiences or a sense of unjust treatment
Kingdom A country, state, or territory ruled by a king or queen
Upsurge An upward raise in the strength or quantity of something; an increase
Pounce Spring forward suddenly so as to attack or seize someone or something
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2008). Honeydew. Glimpses of the Past-S.D.Sawant(pp. 36-49). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.