Why can not we call the Revolt of 1857 as the Sepoy Mutiny or the First war of Independence?

Asked by Shawn | 15th Sep, 2015, 10:08: AM

Expert Answer:

Like any other major historical event, there are different interpretations of the revolt of 1857. While the European historians see it as a sepoy mutiny, the Indian historians term it as the ‘First War of Independence’. The Indian historiographers eulogise the Hindu-Muslim unity that was achieved by the rebels who came together for the common goal of driving out the British from India. Those who became rebels, it is said, actually shared the realisation of a sort of patriotic nationalism. The revolt may have been kick started by the mutiny of the sepoys against their military masters. However it soon turned into a popular uprising wherein a large number of civilians too joined ranks with them in order to uproot the British yoke.

Answered by Soumil Shukla | 15th Sep, 2015, 05:25: PM