Mangal Pandey: Brave Martyr Or Accidental Hero?
Come out! Get ready! It s for our religion! From biting these cartridges we shall become infidels! On a sleepy Sunday afternoon in March 1857, an agitated sepoy in the English East India Company s 34th Native Infantry marched on to the parade ground in Barrackpore, exhorting his comrades to join him in protecting their religion from the Europeans. When British officers arrived to arrest him, he drew his sword on them and then turned his musket on himself. As he was led off to the gallows a few days later, Mangal Pandey passed into history and legend as the man who single-handedly started the 1857 Rising. But who was the real Mangal Pandey? A dashing, heroic figure, as portrayed by Aamir Khan in the film The Rising? A fiery patriot who embarked on a suicidal mission to defend his country s honour? Or just an ordinary sepoy who, in a state of intoxication, committed a foolhardy act for which he was hanged? Lively, thought-provoking as well as scholarly, Rudrangshu Mukherjee s analysis of this emotive episode in Indian history presents a vivid picture of life in the barracks of the East India Company s cantonments in 1857, describes the social customs and military regulations that governed the daily routines of Mangal Pandey and other Indian sepoys, and examines the controversies and unrest that foreshadowed the 1857 Rising. Uncovering the hard facts behind the myths and conjectures of popular belief, nationalist rhetoric and cinematic imagination, this book provides, for the first time, a credible portrait of Mangal Pandey as he really was.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
The Greased Cartridge
Excerpts from documents
1 other sections not shown
29 March 34th Native Infantry 34th Regiment 43rd Regiment 5th Company 9th Native adjutant afternoon Answer Awadh Awadh in Revolt Barrackpore bazaar Bengal Army Berhampore bhang bone-dust British officers bullet bungalow Calcutta caste and religion chapatis Colonel Commanding Company's court of inquiry declines to cross-examine defiance Delhi Dum Dum Faizabad fear fired front Gangetic plain greased cartridges guard guns havildar Hearsey Hewson Hibbert horse Ibid jemadar June Kanpur Kaye Lieutenant Baugh Light Cavalry Light Field Battery load Lucknow Major-General Mangal Pandey Mangal Pandey's actions Meerut Mukherjee musket Mutiny Outbreak Native Cavalry native officers north India ordered parade ground pistol Presidency Division prisoner declines quarter-guard recorded recruiting regimentally dressed reported rifle rumours sahibs sepoy lines Sepoy Mungul Pandy Sepoy to Subedar sepoy's sepoys refused sergeant-major Shaik Pultoo Sheikh Paltu shot Sitaram soldiers station Subadar sword told trial troops tulwar uprising V.D. Savarkar village Wheler white officers wounded