1857 Uprising : A Tale of an Indian Warrior : Translated from Durgadas Bandopadhyays Amar

Kaushik Roy

Published by Anthem Press, 2008
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Contents Acknowledgements. A note of translation. Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. 1857 Uprising a tale of an Indian warrior i. Book I. ii. Book II. Notes. Glossary. Bibliography. Most of the sources regarding the 1857 Uprising were written by British officials and civilians. From the Indian side we have more or less nothing as regards their experiences of the event. The only exception is the memoir of Durgadas Bandopadhyay which was published in Bengali in the 1920s. Translating this memoir is to ensure wider readership of such valuable source. Durgadas an assistant attached with the 8th Irregular Cavalry Regiment provides a loyalist account of 1857 describing the causes and the course of the Mutiny as well as his role in the great event. Most of the memoirs by the Sahibs and Memsahibs concentrate on three epic centres of the Mutiny Delhi Lucknow and Kanpur. Durgadas story shifts the geographical focus to Rohikhand and provides detailed portrayals of the rebel leaders a feature missing in the accounts of British officers. An anti British 1857 memoir from the Indian side is yet to emerge. The voice of the subaltern is yet to assert itself. Perhaps the subalterns can never speak. The introduction contextualizes the memoir within the overall historical matrix. It attempts to compare and contrast Durgadas account with the autobiographical and biographical narratives generated by Indians in English and the accounts of the British officers related to the colonial army between the eighteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century. 210 pp. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: 1857 Uprising : A Tale of an Indian Warrior ...
Publisher: Anthem Press
Publication Date: 2008
Binding: Paperback
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