The Mutiny of 1857
The Mutiny of 1857 entailed two warring groups. These were the British Empire and native Indians. This rebellion resulted from various political, socioeconomic and religious aspects and marked the initial stages of India’s freedom from the imperialist rule.
The East Indian Company considerably exploited the Indians due to their impoverished status. Some of the exploitative measures included restrictions that ensured Indians could not rise above certain posts in British-owned organizations, and salaries were less in comparison to the English workers. The economic policies introduced by the British in India negatively affected the economy. These policies introduced numerous barriers that hindered progress in various sectors of Indian trade and industry. This promoted increased levels of impoverishment throughout India.
Impartiality within the East India Company army led to the development of factions within the army (Pati, 2007). The British soldiers enjoyed numerous privileges that Indian soldiers could not access. This aspect created discontent, a factor further enhanced by conflicting religious doctrines.
Another factor was that the British had considerably intruded on Indian’s customs and traditions. The friction between the Christian and Hindu doctrines introduced tension between native Indians and British leadership. A significant proportion of Indians believed that the British intended to impose Christianity among the locals. In addition, the British Empire was interfering with the day-to-day living of the Indians, their traditions, values and norms.
An analysis of the various aspects of discontent among the local Indians illustrates the necessity concerning the Mutiny of 1857. The British remained ignorant of several factors that affected various aspects of the lives of Indians and promoted biased allocation of resources. Despite the plight of the Indians, the British leadership did not bother to address matters that concern the natives. British rule in India introduced aspects of oppression and exploitation against the natives (Jones, 2007). Thus, the Indians were justified in their actions to protect their dignity, culture, norms and the economy.