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The Revolt of 1857

The Revolt of 1857

  • In 1857, a Revolt broke out in Northern and Central India and nearly swept away British rule.
  • The Revolt began with a mutiny of the sepoys, or the Indian soldiers of the Company’s army, but soon engulfed wide regions and people.
  • Millions of peasants, artisans, and soldiers fought heroically for over a year and by their courage and sacrifice wrote a glorious chapter in the history of the Indian people.
  • The Revolt of 1857 was much more than a mere product of sepoy
  • It was, in reality, a product of the accumulated grievances of the people against the Company’s administration and of their dislike for the foreign regime.
  • Immediate Cause of Revolt
  • By 1857, the material for a mass upheaval was ready, only a spark was needed to set it afire.
  • The new Enfield rifle had been introduced in the army.
  • Its cartridges had a greased paper cover whose end had to be bitten of before the cartridge was loaded into the rifle.
  • The grease was in some instances composed of beef and pig fat.
  • The sepoys, Hindu as well as Muslim, were enraged, as the use of the greased cartridges would endanger their religion.
  • Many of the sepoys, believed that the Government was deliberately trying to destroy their religion.










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