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.

Events in Meerut: Depositions taken by Major G.W. Williams, Superintendent of Police

Events in meerut: Depositions taken by major g.w. williams, superintendent of police

THESE depositions were taken in 1858 in order to try and establish the reasons for the mutiny of the troops in Meerut that initiated the rebellion. The accounts of Mohur Singh, Deputy Collector, and Havildar Kooman Singh imply an absence of long-term planning prior to the mutiny of Indian troops at the Meerut cantonment, the key event that initiated the rebellion across North India. These and other accounts blame badmashes (bad characters), pooladars, convicts released from the civil jail and unemployed youth from the city bazar for much of the looting and plundering that followed. Gujjars from the surrounding villages ...

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