The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.
Chapter 14: Russian Perspectives on the Indian Question
Russian Perspectives on the Indian Question
SOON after the uprising was brutally suppressed, several Indian missions seeking the interference and protection of the Russian Tsar attempted to reach Russia or its outposts in Central Asia. The two documents reproduced below pertain to one such mission—that of Rao Raja Tula Ram (Singh), the former ruler of Rewari and an active participant of the rebellion—that managed to reach the Russian Consulate in Reshte (Persia) in the winter of 1860. Rao Raja Tula Ram carried letters signed by three rulers of the Princely States of Rajputana: the Maharajas of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Bikaner. At the Russian Consulate premises Tula Ram wrote his own letter and a brief sketch on the current situation ...