8. Revolt (1857)
(Scene 1: War at Meerut)
Narrator: Then there was a violent outbreak at Meerut.
(Scene 2: At Delhi)
Narrator: The sepoys marched to Delhi.
Sepoys (in chorus): Long live our Emperor Bahadur Shah!
(Scene 3: A war spread wider)
Narrator: The rebellion spread wider.
(Scene 4: A few men can be seen talking to each other)
Narrator: Many landlords had lost their lands because of the British policies, and they were sore.
Landlord 1: The white man’s rule must end!
Landlord 2: Yes, we will help you.
The revolt of \(1857\) is otherwise known as India’s First War of Independence and Sepoy Mutiny. The revolt started on May 10, 1857, at Meerut. Sepoys initiated the revolt in the Bengal Presidency against the British officers. The leading cause for the first war of Indian independence was that the Britishers made the Brahmin soldiers to bite the cartridge before loading it into the gun. Indian sepoys believed that the cartridge was greased with either pig fat or made from cow fat. This was against their sentiments. This was believed to be the primary factor for the revolt of 1857.
Violent revolt at Meerut
The urge to free the nation from the Britishers continued to grow among the Indian soldiers. The city of Meerut also experienced the violent attack of the Britishers. The sepoys marched towards Delhi to see Emperor Bahadur Shah.
Sepoys marched to Delhi to meet Emperor Bahadur Shah
Meanings of the difficult words:
|Outbreak||A sudden occurrence of something unwelcome, such as war or disease|
|Marched||Walk in a military manner with a regular measured tread|
|Sepoy||An Indian soldier serving under British or other European orders|
|Landlord||The owner of a house, apartment, land, or real estate|
|Sore||Upset and angry|
|Urge||A strong desire or impulse|
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2008). Honeydew. Glimpses of the Past-S.D.Sawant(pp. 36-49). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.