Krishna pays homage to Bahadur Shah ZafarJune 21st, 2011 - 3:53 pm ICT by IANS
Yangon, June 21 (IANS) External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna paid homage to Bahadur Shah Zafar, India’s last Mughal emperor who died here in 1862 after being exiled by the British Raj.
Bahadur Shah Zafar was the figurehead of India’s first War of independence in 1857. He was exiled to Myanmar, then Burma, in 1858 with his wife and some members of the family after the revolt was crushed.
He died Nov 7, 1862, at age 87. His departure from India marked the end of three centuries of Mughal rule in the country.
He is buried near the 2,600-year-old Shwedagon pagoda. The site is known as Bahadur Shah Zafar Dargah.
Krishna arrived here Monday on a three-day visit, India’s first high level contact with Myanmar’s new civilian government.
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