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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.

A British Press Report from India, June 1857
A british press report from india, june 1857

THE Bengal Hurkaru was an English-language newspaper started in 1798 by Dr Charles McLean in Calcutta. Its notable editors included Samuel Smith, James Sutherland and John William Kaye (until 1844). The newspaper was known for its often critical perspective on the government policies. From 1854, the editor was Sidney Laman Blanchard. His editorial (below) was amongst those that attracted the ire of the government and the newspaper was suspended for six days, following the Press Act of 13 June 1857 (the so-called ‘Black Act’), until Blanchard's resignation.

Extracts from The Bengal Hurkaru and India Gazette, 12 June 1857

Nothing has been more strongly demonstrated during the last mutinies than the marked ...

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