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.

The Press in Pakistan and the 1857 Centenary

The press in pakistan and the 1857 centenary

UNLIKE the Indian press and politicians, who stressed Hindu-Muslim unity in their memorialising of 1857, in Pakistan there were more varied interpretations. Some remembered 1857 as a failed revolutionary (rather than nationalist) moment, whilst others blamed the defeat of the rebels on the duplicity of Hindu collaborators and the succor and support given to the British by still-independent Sikh chiefdoms, Nepali Gurkhas, and Hindu landed and merchant elites, as in the editorial below in the Karachi Evening Star.1 The Khayal special edition on the Great Uprising of 1857 published in 1957 brought together several dozens of contributions by the most important figures of Pakistan's early post-independence literary scene in ...

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