The sepoy mutiny and the revolt of 1857 book

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Sepoy Mutiny of – Postcolonial Studies

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Sepoy Mutiny of 1857

Revolt of , which led to the removal of British Company Rule in India, is the display of utter hatred and anger in Indians towards the Foreign Rule. It was the most severe outburst of anger and discontentment accumulated in the hearts of the various sections of the Indian society ever since the inception of the British rule. There were varied views on whether to call this outburst as a sepoy mutiny, national struggle or a manifestation of feudal reaction. I feel both the titles for this Revolt of are apt and can be used so as to describe this revolt. Some say that the Revolt of was just a mutiny initiated by the Indian Sepoys and hence the name Sepoy Mutiny.

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The profound hypocrisy and inherent barbarism of bourgeois civilization lies unveiled before our eyes, turning from its home, where it assumes respectable forms, to the colonies, where it goes naked. Did they not, in India, to borrow an expression of that great robber, Lord Clive himself, resort to atrocious extortion, when simple corruption could not keep pace with their rapacity? The history of the war delves deep into the colonization and conquest of India and the cultural and religious oppression imposed on Indians by British rule. Furthermore, the telling of the history of the war is, to this day, an ongoing battle between two competing narratives, the history belonging to the British that won the war, and the history claimed by the Indians who were defeated. This article is an attempt to present a history of the Sepoy War that is derived from various points of view, accounting for the context of the histories related, and the points of view of the historians relating them.

In Britain and in the West, it was almost always portrayed as a series of unreasonable and bloodthirsty uprisings spurred by falsehoods about religious insensitivity. In India, it has been viewed quite differently. The events of have been considered the first outbreak of an independence movement against British rule. The uprising was put down, but the methods employed by the British were so harsh that many in the western world were offended. One common punishment was to tie mutineers to the mouth of a cannon and then fire the cannon, completely obliterating the victim. In the illustration, a mutineer was depicted chained to the front of a British cannon, awaiting his imminent execution, as others were gathered to watch the grisly spectacle. By the s the East India Company controlled much of India.

The name "mutiny" is avoided; RCM prefers to call it the "great outbreak" pages xv, , At one point he quotes from a diary on the "siege of delhi", how indians awaiting punishment were tortured: "The hair on their heads were pulled by bunches, their bodies were pierced by bayonets" One may question the tone of the book, but the events are documented clearly enough. Excerpts The great outbreak of is a memorable episode in Indian history which no educated Indian or Englishman has ever regarded without interest, and few without prejudice. In two days forty-two men were hanged on the roadside, and a batch of twelve men were executed because their faces were 'turned the wrong way' when they were met on the march.

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