Essay On Sepoy Mutiny Of 1857

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It is precisely at the end 19th century India saw the new beginning of many movements. The thirst for unity and dignity immensely felt for the first time ever by all ranks of people. The Sepoy mutiny of 1857 gave a kick off to their national feelings. The heroic resistance to the entry of foreign company by the chieftain Katta Bommu, his brother Oomaidurai at Panchalam kuruchi, Velu Thambi – the minister of the king of Trivandrum, Sangoli Rayanna of Dharwar in Karnataka, the earlier Tippu Sultan in Mysore and their defeat by sheer power of English were fresh in the memories of people. In spite of the sparse agitations, there was no vehement national zeal aroused among people as they were toiling for mere survival. The English traders exploited every class of Indian people from the prince to the peasant. The cultivation of profitable colouring plant Indigo was banned in many places. Peasants were forced to sell all the indigo to English traders. They were left with little choice, than growing other plants, in which there were less familiar. Surat was famous as a cotton weaving centre, and Bengal was famous as a silk weaving centre. These centres were compelled to sell all their products to…show more content…
The caste-system divided the Hindu society in thousands of groups making the task of national integration unthinkable. The system was not only undemocratic and unfair but forcefully intimidating the fairly extensive population of India. The untouchables were the worst affected in the society by severe restrictions, regulations, and condemnations. Their dress, food, place all were carefully regulated. Even the wells, canals and tanks, where from they had drawn their life giving waters, were reserved. They were strictly prohibited from entering the temple meant for higher classes. Consequently, due to the stringent practice of untouchability, so called lower castes started becoming converts to Christianity or
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