The Sepoy Rebellion

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The Sepoy Rebellion

Post  Lisa Ella Humenberger on Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:54 am

The Rebellion didn’t happen because of one specific event; it was an accumulation of many events which later ended up causing an outbreak. The forces were divided in three presidency armies: Bengal Army, Madras Army, and Bombay Army. These armies didn’t choose a soldier because of their fitness or streght, but because of which caste they were in.

The discontent between the Indians and the British rule erupted in 1857. The Sepoys were indian soldiers that were trained by the British. The British had introduced a new rifle which used cartridges of which had to be bitten off before they were used. The cartridges were rumored to be greased with oil made from animal fat which was the fat of sacred cows being prohibited to Hindus and the fat of pigs being repulsive to Muslims. In that same year, soldier shot his commander because they were forcing the Indians to use the new made rifles.

Violence against the British spread amongs the Sepoys . The Sepoys killed many British men, women, and children and this made the British rage. The British press made an exaggeration about the rebellion saying that they “tossed the British babies into the air and using them for sport. Women and children were also held hostage at Kanpur. After this the Britsh were seeking revenge but when they did get revenge, it was ten-times worse. They slaughtered many Indians and later took over the East India Company, which made the Indians be under the British crown.

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Rebellion_of_1857
http://asms.k12.ar.us/classes/humanities/worldstud/97-98/imper/india/sepoy.htm
http://www.fsmitha.com/h3/h38sep.htm

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Post  angie m on Sun May 01, 2011 3:00 pm

I think Sepoys had every right to revolt. If foreigners come to your homeland and expect you to disrespect the traditions you have been brought up with, you will get upset. That is what happened with the sepoys. British men came and expected them to travel over seas and bite off the tip of the cartridges before loading them into their riffles, and that went against Hindu beliefs. The sepoys only reacted because they felt like their religion and beliefs were being threatened by the British people.
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Re: The Sepoy Rebellion

Post  Nathan on Mon May 02, 2011 12:52 pm

haha it seems we all did the sepoy rebellion. Its a shame the british did not respect the indian traditions, they could have learned so much from each other...
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