ana Sahib, byname of Dhondu Pant, also spelled Nana Saheb, (born c. 1820—died c. 1859?, Nepal?), a prominent leader in the Indian Mutiny of 1857–58. Although he did not plan the outbreak, he assumed leadership of the sepoys (British-employed Indian soldiers).Adopted in 1827 by Baji Rao II, the last Maratha peshwa (ruler), Nana Sahib was educated as a Hindu nobleman. On the death of the exiled Baji Rao in 1852, he inherited the peshwa’s home in Bithur (now in Uttar Pradesh state). Although Nana Sahib’s adoptive father had pleaded that his £80,000-a-year life pension be extended to Nana Sahib, the British governor-general of India, Lord Dalhousie, refused. Nana Sahib sent an agent, Azimullah Khan, to London to push his claims, but without success. On his return Azimullah told Nana Sahib he was unimpressed by the supposed British military strength in the Crimean War.