In our history textbooks we all have studied about the revolt of 1857 and are very much informed and proud of this first war of independence, but do we actually know all the facts about it? Let’s Check out.
- FIRST WAR OF INDEPENDENCE WAS NOT ACTUALLY THE FIRST.
Yeah, fellas, you read it correctly there. Revolt of 1857 is considered and taught as the first war of Independence in our history textbooks but the fact is- it is not the first revolt. There have been many revolts prior to 1857 and revolts in Bengal(1764), Vellore(1805), Berrackpore(1825), Santhal Rebellion(1855-56) are few examples.
2. THE ACTUAL DATE ON WHICH REVOLT BROKE OUT.
It is often said and considered that revolt of 1857 broke out in the month of February 1857 or May 1857. But the fact is it was the 10th of May 1857 the revolt officially started. It was on Meerut on 24 April 1857, 90 sepoys didn’t obey the order and were dismissed on 9th May 1857 and sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment. The other sepoys released them the next day and marched towards Delhi after killing the British officials. Blowing the trumpet of revolt.
3. THE “CHAPATI” MOVEMENT.
The Chapati movement is one of the most interesting and mysterious parts of the revolt of 1857. During the revolt, there was a circulation of properly baked Chapati(s) in several villages across India. The Chapatis were circulated by the Chowkidars of the village across the villages. Though the significance or motive of this act remains a mystery till date.It said that the chapatis consisted of some secret messages. Well, it remains a mystery.
4. IT WAS NOT ONLY A SEPOY MUTINY, BUT MORE.
Revolt of 1857 is often considered and is famous as the Sepoy Mutiny but it was something more. There were various Zamindars, Civil Servants, Peasants involved and took active parts in overthrowing the British Empire during the revolt.
5. IT WAS NOT ONLY THE ENFIELD GREASED(COW & PIG FAT) CARTRIDGES.
Yes, the introduction of greased cartridges acted as an immediate cause and a fueling agent to ignite the feelings of sepoys but it was not the sole reason behind the revolt. The strict and cruel policies of British laid the foundation of the revolts in peoples heart way before. The policy of “The Doctrine of Lapse” which left Jhansi to the hands of Britishers as Rani Laxmi Bai and Gangadhar didn’t have a natural heir was one of the main other reasons. The other reason being the strict and harsh attempts of British to Christianize the Indian Soldiers and make the cross sea.
6. AND THEN THERE WERE INDIANS WHO WERE AGAINST THE REVOLT.
It was for the first time when almost all the Indians unlikely of their religion, caste, creed or profession stood one against the British and the nation was united. But, there were some who opposed the revolt as they believed that British were actually making India Better. Nizams of Hyderabad, Scndhias of Gwalior and Zamindars of Awadh are examples of few rulers who strongly opposed the Revolt and helped the British to crush the revolt.
7. THE BEST THING- IT UNITED US AS INDIANS.
This was another interesting thing which was seen in the revolt of 1857. Hindus and Muslims were really like brothers.This revolt laid the foundation of nationalism which was non-existent earlier.This revolt laid the foundation of nationalism which was non-existent earlier.After this revolt, many reform movements came up and every individual of the country realized that they belong to one country and they have to fight for their motherland’s freedom.
On this independence day we salute all the bravehearts who fought for us and gifted us the independent India.