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 7: Bengali Press Reports on the Uprising
Bengali Press Reports on the Uprising
SAMACHAR Sudhabarshan/Sudhavarashan was a daily paper published in Calcutta from June 1854. Under Shyam Sundar Sen as editor and publisher, it was the first bilingual daily with the news and editorials printed in Bengali and the reports pertaining to markets and shipping in Hindi. Hindoo Patriot was under the editorship of Hurrish Mukherji, a Bengali who managed the newspaper virtually on his own. The newspaper was printed in English. The importance of this newspaper, at least during the rebellion of 1857, is reflected in the fact that Lord Canning was said to have relied upon this newspaper for dispassionate accounts and views from an Indian perspective. Sambad Prabhakar was under the editorship of ...