Analysis and facts about the revolt of 1857
In this article, we will be bringing to you some of the most unknown facts about the great revolt of 1857…..mainly known as first revolt for Indian independence…
1. 1857 Revolt was not the first
The fact remain that this revolution was not the first revolution for India’s independence. The first revolution was led by Ali Wardi khan in 1754 in Bengal. Then followed the Vellore Mutiny of 1806 led by the Indian troops. After it was the Sannyasi Rebellion led by a religious leader in the late 18th century. Then was the Santhal Rebellion which was very similar to the revolt of 1857, the only difference being that it received no support from its peers. Though it would be true to state that 1857 revolution was first of its king owing to the fact that it united the nation for the first time for the quest of independence. Though it turned out futile but it was prolific in boosting the spirits of the freedom fighters.
2. It was not an Army Rebellion or Mutiny as taught in schools
The revolt was not only limited to the sepoys of the army and though most of us remember it as Mangal Pandey’s rebellion against the greasy cartridges but it had something more to it. Many nobilities and common folks also dedicated their lives for this struggle. Rani Laxmi Bai or the Rani of Jhansi, Bahadur Shah Zafar who was named as the king under whom the revolt was carried out, Nana Sahib son of Peshwa Baji Rao II who led this quest also to defy Lord Dalhousie’s annexation policy called the Doctrine of Lapse, Rani Digambar Kaur, Begum Hazrat Mahal, Nana Sahib, Dhondup Pant along with his commander Tantia Tope were some famous nobilities that were a part of it. So, it’s a great misconception between us in regarding the revolt of 1857 as ‘Sepoy Mutiny’.
3.The Beginning of Reform
After the revolt of 1857 the British government began to think that behind the revolt there was a great part of the East India Company…or the EEIC…as it was really intolerant to the Indian culture and norms.Despite the army’s sometimes savage reconquest, the British government did recognize the urgent need for reform, and in 1858 the East India Company was abolished and rule assumed directly by the British crown. Expropriation of land was discontinued, religious toleration was decreed, and Indians were admitted to subordinate positions in the civil service. However, the rebellion was long remembered with bitterness by the British. Military precautions against further uprisings included increasing the proportion of British to native troops and restricting artillery service to Britons. Although it is too much to say that the mutiny constituted a nationalist uprising, it was at that time that the first stirrings of active Indian nationalism began to be felt.
ANALYSIS of the Revolt –
Now we would be studying about the revolt of 1857 in a quick analysis….You would have seen movies about the revolt like Mangal Pandey that are really interesting and after seeing them our view for our freedom fighters and India greatly increases…but after reading this article you would surely be very much influenced by these leaders and their story and also…you would surely resolve to do something for the betterment of the country and…fulfilling the dreams of our freedom fighters of a ‘FREE INDIA…Free from corruption, poverty…and other evils…India- A superpower.’….so let’s start…
The need for the revolt…
At first the EEIC came to India as a trading company during the time of Mughal rulers like Akbar and Jahangir….these rulers granted them the permission to trade with India but failed to think about the dangerous future consequences…after it something happened that was never expected never thought of…the brainy Britishers slowly gained the control of most of the India….and most of the states now were directly or indirectly under the control of the britishers….at this time the British(EEIC) was eager to annex more states and fill as much money in their pockets as much they could…so they applied various policies…and in it the famous Doctrine of Lapse..that forbided any Indian king’s heir to be a girl or an adopted child….so, the people began to think that there was a great need for a revolt.