This is an extract from the account of Mirza Muinuddin Hasan Ali Khan, the first Kotwal of Delhi appointed by the Mughal Empire during the rebellion. He puts much weight on the happenings in Awadh as a reason for the rebellion – it is interesting to notice that British saw a threat in the play… Read More Events Leading to Rebellion in Awadh, 1847-1857
It’s surprising that an act of loot and pillage can be this clinically executed. Did it hurt their egos that a woman widow whom they decided as a non-entity turned against them? Or was it because the same widow gave a slip and bruised their egos even more? The detail with which the account was written and… Read More The Loot of Jhansi – Vishnubhat Godse, 1858
Well, what we learn is this. Rani Laxmibai jumped over the fort in the dead of the night, surrounded by her guards. She had her baby, Damodar Rao, tied to her back as she jumped off the fort wall on her favorite horse, Badal. What Vishnubhat Godse wrote The Rani, we were told, left the… Read More The Escape of the Rani of Jhansi
There is this book, My Journey written by a Maratha Brahmin by name Vishnubhat Godse, as fate ordains, decided to go on a pilgrimage to North India exactly at the time the the rebellion is about to start. For his bad luck, he was near Mhow, in Jhansi, Dhar, Gwalior, Lucknow and Chitrakoot when the… Read More Jhansi Theatre in 1857 Rebellion – What is the Truth?
What do we read in our textbooks regarding Nepal’s role in 1857 Indian War of Independence? That Nepal voluntarily supported the British and helped crush the opposition. I will present you a statement from the quasi-official version of the East India Company and two more from two different books, poles apart, but which were written contemporareous to 1857 Indian… Read More Nepal in 1857 Indian War of Independence – What is the Truth?
This combines the 1841 Afghan War, 1857 Revolt and the regiment’s travails at sea. Come gather round you Irishmen, till I relate this tale;‘Twill your hearts fill with grief and make your cheeks grow pale.Till I mourn the death of those boys, that brave and gallant band,Whose bones lie bleached upon India ‘s distant landFor… Read More The Late Indian War: An Irish Broadside Ballad Composed by a Soldier of HM 54th Regiment
Our indiscreet friend, Mr. William Russell of The London Times, has recently been induced, by his love of the picturesque, to illustrate, for the second time, the sack of Lucknow, to a degree which other people will not think very flattering to the British character. It now appears that Delhi, too, was “looted” to a… Read More The British Army in India – Frederick Engels – New-York Daily Tribune, June 26, 1858