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या पानाचे मुद्रितशोधन झालेले आहे


इ. स. १८५७ च्या बंडामध्यें बायजाबाईसाहेब ह्या इंग्रजांच्या विरुद्ध होऊन बंडवाल्यांचा पक्ष स्वीकारतील कीं काय, अशी इंग्रज अधिकाऱ्यांस अतिशय भीति वाटत होती. त्यामुळें त्यांनी त्यांच्यावर एकसारखी नजर ठेविली होती. ह्या संबंधानें मरे साहेबांच्या "हिंदुस्थानांतील बंड" नामक ग्रंथामध्ये पुढील मजकूर लिहिला आहे :-

 "ह्याप्रमाणें चोहोंकडून एकत्र जमलेल्या व निरनिराळ्या हेतूनें प्रोत्साहित झालेल्या बंडवाल्या सैन्यानें महाराज शिंदे सरकार ह्यांस

 1. "Thus did a body of rebels, collect from different quarters, and actuated by different motives, expel the Maharaja Scindia from the throne of Gwalior, and install a government avowedly and bitterly hostile to him and to the British with whom he was in alliance. Throughout twelve months events at Gwalior, the more experienced of the Company's officers frequently directed their attention to a certain member of Scindia's family, in doubt whether treachery might have been exhibited in that quarter. This was a princess, advanced in life, whose influence at Gwalior was known to be considerable, and whose experience of the checkered politics of Indian princedom had extended over a very lengthened period. She was known as the Baiza Baiee of Gwalior. Sixty years before the mutiny began, she was the beauty of the Deccan, the young bride of the victorious Dowlat Rao Scindia of 1797; and she lived through all the vicissitudes of those sixty years. During thirty years of married life she exercised great influence over her husband and the Court of Gwalior, exhibiting more energy of purpose than is wont among eastern women. In 1827 Scindia died without a legitimate son; and the widow, in accordance with Indian custom adopted a kinsman of the late Maharaja to be the new Scindia. The Baiza Baiee as regent, and Mugut Rao as expectant Rajah, had many quarrels during the next seven years; these ended, in