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A History of the SikhsVolume 2: 1839-2004$
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Khushwant Singh

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195673098

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195673098.001.0001

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Sikhs and the Mutiny of 1857

Sikhs and the Mutiny of 1857

(p.98) 6. Sikhs and the Mutiny of 1857
A History of the Sikhs

Khushwant Singh

Oxford University Press

This chapter studies the mutiny of 1857, which was caused by a variety of well-intentioned but ill-timed measures by several governors general. The first section identifies these causes in detail, which include the complaints of the Hindustani sepoys towards the elimination of large estates and of the validation of widow marriage. The next section describes the situation of the Punjab on the eve of the mutiny. It shows that the Sikhs did not have the same complaints as the sepoys, and that the British used the animosity between the Sikhs and Mussalmans and Hindustani Hindus to their advantage. The chapter then moves on to the suppression of the mutiny in the Punjab and the recruitment of the Sikhs into the British Army. It ends with a discussion of the administrative changes in India, particularly in Punjab.

Keywords:   mutiny of 1857, Hindustani sepoys, widow marriage, Mussalmans, Hindustani Hindus, suppression of the mutiny, recruitment of the Sikhs, British Army, administrative changes

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