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: The Indian Pickle
The Indian Pickle
AS with the petition from the British inhabitants of Calcutta, this item in the popular British satirical magazine Punch is openly critical of the East India Company (or ‘John Company’, as it was known), whose negligent governance of India is held directly responsible for the uprising.
How to Make an Indian Pickle, Punch, 15 August 1857
ENTRUST the selection of materials and the whole management of affairs to a commercial company, like (for instance) the East India Company. Allow them to make use of as much corruption as they please. Throw in various green things, such as incompetent judges, cruel tax-gatherers, and over-bearing military officers. Stir up the above with a large Spoon of the ELLENBOROUGH1 pattern. Mix the above with ...