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Sikhs and the Mutiny of 1857

Khushwant Singh

in A History of the Sikhs

Second edition

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780195673098
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080595 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195673098.003.0006
Sikhs and the Mutiny of 1857

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This chapter studies the mutiny of 1857, which was caused by a variety of well-intentioned but ill-timed measures by several governors general. The first section identifies these causes in detail, which include the complaints of the Hindustani sepoys towards the elimination of large estates and of the validation of widow marriage. The next section describes the situation of the Punjab on the eve of the mutiny. It shows that the Sikhs did not have the same complaints as the sepoys, and that the British used the animosity between the Sikhs and Mussalmans and Hindustani Hindus to their advantage. The chapter then moves on to the suppression of the mutiny in the Punjab and the recruitment of the Sikhs into the British Army. It ends with a discussion of the administrative changes in India, particularly in Punjab.

Keywords: mutiny of 1857; Hindustani sepoys; widow marriage; Mussalmans; Hindustani Hindus; suppression of the mutiny; recruitment of the Sikhs; British Army; administrative changes

Chapter.  6808 words. 

Subjects: Sikhism

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