Write a short note on Armed Revolts after AD 1857 in India

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The suppression of the Revolt of 1857 did not stop the Indian people form rebelling against British rule. There were many armed uprisings in many parts of the country after AD 1857.

Armed Revolts after AD 1857

The suppression of the Revolt of 1857 did not stop the Indian people form rebelling against British rule. There were many armed uprisings in many parts of the country after AD 1857. These uprisings were localized and hence did not pose a serious threat to the survival of British rule in India. Most of these revolts were caused due to the deteriorating economic condition of the people.

The Wahabis (followers of Syed Ahmad Barelvi) repeatedly rebelled against British rule during the 1860’s and 1870’s. A centre of religious education for Muslims was set up at Deoband (Uttar Pradesh) in AD 1867. This centre instilled feelings of hostility towards British rule. In Punjab, the Kukas, led by Guru Ram Singh, rose against the British. They were suppressed I AD 1872. Many Kuka rebels were executed.

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In AD 1879, Vasudeo Balwant Phadke organized an armed revolt against the British in Maharashtra. He robbed moneylenders and with that money tried to form an army to fight the British. The Rampa Rebellion in Andhra Pradesh took place in AD 1879-1880 and again in AD 1886. It was directed against British rule as well as against the landlords and the moneylenders. In Bihar, the Mundas led by Birsa Munda revolted in the 1890’s. In Manipur, Tikendrajit led an anti-British rebellion which was brutally suppressed. Tikendrajit was later executed.

There were many other uprisings in different parts of the country. They show how widespread the feeling of anger was against colonial rule. However, all the uprisings were limited to a few regions and led by small groups of people. So, the British had little trouble in suppressing them.

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