First War of Independence
A collage by Shrikant Apte
Many historians called this First War of Independence as a ‘Sepoy Mutiny’ of 1857. For them it was just a bunch of Indian sepoys (soldiers) who had mutinied. They largely failed to recognize the involvement of a vast section of Indian society that took part in this struggle.
Peasants and nobles all were involved. The common people of India used innovative ways and means to spread the message of kranti (revolution) and azadi (freedom). Roti (Indian bread) and kamal (lotus flower) were widely used to spread the message.
British were brutal and even inhuman in suppressing the movement. Yet, the movement kindled a fire in the hearts of Indians and laid the foundation of the struggle that culminated in India's freedom in 1947.
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