histories written by the British rulers the flood of the peoples wrath was descried
to suit them as the Sepoy Munity. This gives the impression that
only soldiers took part in the uprising and no others.
It is true the solders took a leading part in this peoples war. But they were not
the only the rajas, maharajas, chieftains, peshwas, nawabs and the Emperors of Delhi but
also Hindus, Muslims, moulvis and puroshits (that is, the priests) joined the revolt. Most
important role. The blood bath went on for eighteen to twenty months.
It is true that, as history has described, we were defeated. It is no shame for a
country in subjection to be defeated any number of times in its fight for freedom. The
struggle itself is the mark of living people. That itself is glory.
India is a vast country. The British found a fertile land for their trade. They could
freely buy raw materials here and sell the finished product here at four times its price
and fill their coffers. The disunity among the Indians was the secret of the East India
In 1752, when the Mughul emperors permission to trade was saught on bended knees
by the British, the Company had three godowns. The total areas of land in their possession
was only twenty square miles. One hundred years later, the area of land ruled by them was
six and a half lakh square miles.
It was not enough for the Company that the countrys political and economic life
came under its control; the Company wanted India to accept it religion, too. It
strengthened its efforts to spread Christianity. Thus, there were several causes for the