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 Vellore Mutiny from the Sepoys' Point of View

The vellore mutiny from the sepoys' point of view

THE following little-known document is one of the most remarkable primary sources concerning the causes and context of the Vellore Mutiny, seen by many as an important precedent to the Uprising of 1857.1 Written in Urdu in the form of an arz, or memorial petition, the letter was composed by a committee of Indian soldiers stationed at Hyderabad, probably several months after the mutiny, and presents the sepoys' own carefully considered opinion regarding the real causes and significance of the event. The document is especially interesting when compared with the report made by the British officers who interrogated the captured Vellore mutineers, whose conclusion was that a ...

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