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 13: Ishri Pershad's Explanation for and Advice on the Uprising
Ishri Pershad's Explanation for and Advice on the Uprising
ON 26 May 1858, Canning forwarded a translation of a petition to the Court of Directors, ‘from a native of respectability in the city of Allahabad, as a curious evidence of the belief which has obtained currency among certain portions of the population of the North Western Provinces, that the British Government intended forcibly to convert them to Christianity’.
Petition by a Native of Allahabad, May 1858
Ishri Pershad well wisher originally belonging to Patna, for the last 20 years residing in Allahabad.
In October 1856 I sent an urzie to the late Lieutenant Governor North West Provinces, advising him to adopt the plan of causing a sweeper to spit ...