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 5: An Indian Critic of Company Rule
An Indian Critic of Company Rule
RANGO Bapujee served for over a dozen years (1839–1853) as the envoy from the deposed Maharaja of Satara (aka Sattara) in London. During his years of diplomacy, he worked closely with sympathetic British politicians and journalists to expose the illegal actions of the East India Company's government in India. His perspective from the imperial capital of London enabled him to apprehend British colonialism on a global scale, as well as growing British racism. Unable to expel him legally, the East India Company was finally able to drive Bapujee out of London by cutting off his funds from India. After his return home, Bapujee evidently joined those fighting against the British in 1857.
Rango Bapujee, ...