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The revolt of 1857 saw participation from people of various backgrounds, not just sepoys. Discuss the reasons for the same. What were the outcomes of the revolt?

Topic: The Freedom Struggle — its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country.

1. The revolt of 1857 saw participation from people of various backgrounds, not just sepoys. Discuss the reasons for the same. What were the outcomes of the revolt? (250 words)

Difficulty level: Easy

Reference: Chapter 1- India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra.

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 1 and mentioned as part of Mission-2024 Secure timetable.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the causes and impact created by the revolt of 1857.

Directive word: 

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Start by giving context.

Body:

First, write about the causes of revolt of 1857 which led to the participation of diverse groups.

Next, write about how revolt of 1857 jolted the British administration.

Next, Mention the various re-alignment policies in administration such a British crown taking over control from EIC, Military strengthening, Transfer of Power, Divide and Rule, New Policy Towards the Princess, Search for New allies etc brought by the British as a way to avoid any such future uprising.

Conclusion:

Conclude by mentioning that although the British succeeded in overpowering the Uprising, it proved to be the beginning of resistance from the people of India.