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1857 Revolt in Bundelkhand

 
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From the 1820s onwards, there was a succession of revolts across India by tribal groups protesting against British forest policies that denied them access to land and forest resources.

Landed interests also resented the British revenue regime.

In 1835, Bundela chiefs and large landowners who resented tax increases and court proceedings that had deprived some of them of land, joined together under a descendant of Maharaj Chhatrasal called Raja Parikshit. After several skirmishes with British forces, they were overcome in Jaitpur (Mahoba) in 1842.

Many princely families and erstwhile Mughal nobles were waiting for an opportunity to reestablish their power and wealth. The sepoys who actually sparked off the conflict in 1857 had their own grievances.

In Bundelkhand, 1857 was marked by a general uprising of local chiefs, landlords and peasants. The Rani of Jhansi (see Entry of Marathas in Bundelkhand), who initially asked for British help in maintaining law and order, joined the rebels in February 1858. Among those who fought on her side was Jhalkhari Bai, a lower caste woman, who has been raised to iconic status by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

The revolt raged in Bundelkhand for around a year till the British armies, supported by some local rulers, regained control with ruthless force. Rani Lakshmibai was probably killed, or mortally wounded, near Gwalior on June 17, 1858.

Following the events of 1857, the reign of the East India Cmpany in India gave way to rule under the British Crown.

| Early History | Chandela Period | Khangars and Early Bundelas | Bundelas and Mughals | Gond Kingdom | Maharaj Chhatrasal | Entry of Marathas | Entry of British | 1857 Revolt | British Rule | Freedom Movement | Bundelkhand State? | Hold of Dacoits |

 
History
> Early History
> Chandela Period
> Khangars and Early Bundelas
> Bundelas and Mughals
> Gond Kingdom
> Maharaj Chhatrasal
> Entry of Marathas
> Entry of British
> 1857 Revolt
> British Rule
> Freedom Movement
> Bundelkhand State?
> Hold of Dacoits