Flying the Flag of Revolution, The Indian Struggle for Independence

Flying the Flag of Revolution, Part 5 – British Tyranny Descends on India

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The 1857 uprising had had ended unsuccessfully, but there was one issue that could not be overlooked.

At that time, there was much division among the various peoples and regions of India. The land was divided into more than six hundred princely states, each with its own independent ruler. They had long coexisted in relative peace, although some tensions brewed among them.

In September of that year, the British army took control of Delhi. Before long, their triumph turned into tyranny.

In order to defeat India, Britain spent over a year attempting to crush the states, but in the end they could not succeed. In the ensuing chaos, some local rulers fled deep into the jungle where they eventually fell prey to wild animals and snakes, while others were mysteriously murdered.

This was soon to be followed by unspeakable horrors all throughout the country. The brutal events that unfolded were so terrible that they would make even the bravest men shudder with fear.

Countless innocent Indian civilians were bayoneted by the furious British troops, as the soil of India was dyed red with blood. Thousands more were tied to cannons, and in a most gruesome and ghastly spectacle, their bodies were blown into fragments that were sent flying through the air.

The Anglo-Saxons preach so honourably about their humanitarianism, and yet they relentlessly committed the most outrageous atrocities against Indians, without mercy.

A general in the British Army who marched from Allahabad to Kanpur boasted about the gory sights that he encountered on his route. From every single tree that lined the road hung the corpses of Indian men, women and children of all ages. Their bodies were left brutally strung up from the branches for all to see, as a symbol of the great military prowess of the British forces.

It was a scene from hell.

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Flying the Flag of Revolution, The Indian Struggle for Independence

Flying the Flag of Revolution, Part 4 – Why Did India Lose in 1857?

In the early stages of the 1857  uprising, the British forces had only three garrisons stationed around Delhi. They came very close to being overtaken, and for a brief moment it seemed that the Indian soldiers would be victorious. However, British reinforcements soon came flooding in and the ambitious movement was suppressed. Bahadur Shah, who had been installed as king of India in Delhi, was eventually imprisoned, and his sons were sentenced to death by firing squad.

In the years that followed, historians speculated about the reasons for the failed uprising.

Some have written that the great efforts of the Indian forces were unsuccessful due to a lack of communication among the rulers of the various regions in India. They have furthermore stated that the frontlines were too spread out, making the exchange of information difficult. These have been acknowledged as core factors in the defeat of the Indian soldiers.

Some historians have also said that the British army was in an advantageous position from the very start. They had superior weapons and had established plenty of routes through which they could receive backup supplies and reinforcements. The Indian forces, on the other hand, had insufficient and outdated weapons, with no means of restocking.

The War of Independence ended unsuccessfully in 1858, twenty-eight years before I was born. It was soon followed by an onslaught of unspeakable horrors at the hands of the British forces.

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