Author: Sitaram YechuryPublisher: LeftWordYear: 2008Language: EnglishPages: 303ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788190621809
This compilation brings together in a single volume series of observations of the Left on the Great Uprising of 1857. Though there were official observations, the Left decided on this parallel observations to bring out various hitherto unknown aspects of the uprising. This series of observations has been eventful in the sense that it brought various aspects hitherto unknown, in terms of spread of the uprising, the impact it has on the laying the foundations for the subsequent evolution of a pan-Indian nationalism, and the immense and profound impact it had on the evolution of folk culture and connected imagery. Such a need in fact arises from the scrupulous effort made by the British to erase records and chronicles of the uprising and to seek to eliminate it from people's memory. In the face of this, the consequent dissertations of India's history of its struggles against foreign rule laid the basis for colonial historical writings. It was therefore necessary to reconstruct this glorious chapter in the history of the Indian people's struggle for freedom. As has been noted in this series, 1857 was probably the biggest and the most powerful people's uprising anywhere in the world against colonial occupation in the nineteenth century. There is another important reason for these series. This has to do with the manner in which British colonialism adapted itself to controlling and continuing its occupation of India. This in turn has had an impact on the evolution of Indian politics itself. Some of the political battles being waged today in fact stem from the seeds sown by the British rule of India post 1857.
Introduction 1. 1857 and Syncretic Evolution SITARAM YECBMY2. 1857: In the Hearts and Minds of People PRAKASB KARAT3. The 1857 Revolt in India: Lessons for Us JYOTI BASU4. Remembering 1857 IRFAN HABIB5. Reflections on 1857 PRABHAT PATNAIK6. 1857: An Overview of Events NALINI TANEJA7. The Revolt and Its Historiography: An Overview BISWAMOY PATI8 Background to the Great Rebellion GOPINATH RAVINDRAN9. The 1857 Rebellion: A Prehistory ARCHANA PRASAD10. Patriotic and Comprador Zamindars in theGreat Rebellion of 1857 UTSA PATNAIK11. Agrarian Uprisings and Rural Society.The 1857 Rebellion and its Aftermath ARCHANA PRASAD12. Bahadur Shah Zafar and the 1857 Revolt AMAR FAROOQUI13. The Battle for Delhi: Myths of the 'Mutiny' and the Construction of the Raj MADHU PRASAD14. Rebel Journalism: Dehli Urdu Akhbar, May-September 1857 SHIREEN MOOSVI15. 'Delhi Renaissance', Intellectuals and the1857 Uprising S. IRFAN HABIB16. Lucknow in 1857-58: The Epic Siege AMAR FAROOQUI17. Making the 'Margin' Visible: Courtesans and the Rebellion in Kanpur LATA SINGH18. Some Aspects of the 1857 Rebellion in Bihar P K SHUKLAAppendix: The July 1857 Rebellion at Patna 19. Role of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh in 1857 K.C. YADAV20. The Impact of the 1857 Revolt in Tamilnadu N. RAJENDRAN21. Gujarat during the Great Revolt The Rebellion in Okhamandal S. V.JANI22. Echoes of the 1857 Uprising in North-Eastern India DAVID R. SYIEMLIEH23. The Revolt of 1857 in Eastern India: An Overview BASUDEB CHATTOPADHYAY24. Jharkhand in the 1857 War of Independence J.S. MAJUMDAR25. Rethinking Sepoy 'Mutinies' in Chotanagpur SHASHANK SINHA26. The 1857 Rebellion in Orissa: Looking for the 'Echoes? BISWAMOY PATI27. The 1857 War of Independence: The Dalit Connection SUKOMAL SEN28. Theocracy and the Rebels of 1857: Assessing the Role of the Wahabis IQTIDAR ALAM KHAN29. The Myth of Early Savarkar: His 'Nationalist' 1857 Book NAKINI TANA30. The War of Independence and Contemporary Hindi Literature MURIL MANOHAR PRASAD SINGH31. Urdu Literature in the Context of the Great Uprising NARESH ‘NADEEM'32. The Great Rebellion of 1857 in the Nineteenth Century Colonial Novel INDRANI SEN33. 1857 and the Hindoo Patriot Other Voices MALINI BHATTACHARYA34. Bourgeoisation and the Great Revolt of 1857 AMIT KUMAR GUPTA35. 1857: An Internationalist Perspective; The Lessons of Chartism BADRI RAINA36. Marx and Engels on the Revolt of 1857 IRFAN HABIB37. Notes on Contributors 38. Index