Umaji Naik: A Forgotten Hero


  • Dr. Dhanraj Sardar Gusinge Assistant Professor, Department of History, Guru Ghasidas Central University, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, India


Umaji Naik, a revolutionary figure in India's freedom struggle during the early 19th century, played a significant role in challenging British rule and became a symbol of resistance for the underprivileged. Born into the Ramoshi-Berad community in Maharashtra, Umaji Naik drew inspiration from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and established a short-lived kingdom, fighting against the British occupation. Despite facing numerous challenges and British attempts to capture him, Umaji Naik remained defiant and continued his struggle for self-rule. Eventually, he was apprehended, sentenced to death, and executed. However, Umaji Naik's courageous contributions have often been overlooked in the broader narrative of Indian history. This article sheds light on Umaji Naik's life and legacy, emphasizing the heroism and sacrifices made by forgotten revolutionaries who fought for India's independence before the widespread uprising of 1857. The Ramoshi/Berad community has preserved his memory and recognized his contributions. Umaji Naik's triumph over the British and the establishment of his small kingdom serve as remarkable achievements in an era of British suppression. Unfortunately, the story of this brave revolutionary, like many others, has been lost and forgotten over time. It reminds us that there are countless untold stories of India's courageous sons and daughters, waiting to be discovered and celebrated in the depths of history.