The present book is the outcome of the completion of 150 years of the occurrence of the Revolt of 1857 which had given a big jolt to the British foundation. British had exploited India and Indians at its maximum invaried Way which had sour the seed of intense discontentment among the people of India and soldiers which proved great fatal for the British. The revolt at Meerut took place on May 10, 1857. Though at Lucknow the Revolt commenced in May 1857, still there was discontentment among the Indian troops stationed there which was explicit from some of the sporadic incidents which took place earlier. In April, there was trouble between the Indian soldiers of the 48th Native Infantry Regiment when Dr. Wells, the Surgeon of the Infantry, applied to his mouth a bottle of carminative mixture taken from the regimental hospital. When this news approached the Indian soldiers, they thought that this action of the surgeon was against their religious faith. They started, to discard the medicines of their regimental hospital. When this news approached Colonel Palmer, he assembled the Indian officers and soldiers and destroyed that bottle of medicine. He also rebuked Dr. Wells. Despite of this, one night, the house of Dr. Wells was set on fire. Though Dr. Wells escaped, still it was the general feeling that the incendiaries belong to the 48th N.I. This incident exhibits that there was definite sense of hostility in the minds of the Indian soldiers because of caste and religion.
The Revolt of 1857 in which innumerable numbers or revolutionaries Bahadur Shah Zafar, Zeenat Mahal, Miraza Sulta, Nana Sabeb, Begum Hazrat Mahal, Ganga Singh, Tantya Tope, Kunwar Singh, Bakht Khan, Yusuf Khan, Rajit Singh, Lakshmi Bai etc. had sacrificed their lives.
The book has been brought in view of understanding the real nature of the Revolt of 1857. It is of great significance for the researchers, students and teachers as well.
Author: Ravi Ranjan & MK Singh