Operation Red Lotus: The Untold Story of 1857
The war of 1857 was much more than just a sepoy mutiny or a peasant revolt. Rather, it was an assertion of the sociocultural identity of Bharatiya society which was under attack by the British. In the run-up from the third Anglo – Maratha War (1818) to this war (1857), the British slowly crushed India’s economy. Local industry was shut down, people heavily taxed and overt forms of evangelisation viz. converting to Christianity for less taxes, violence on temple premises, etc. were rampant. Indian officials in the British Government couldn’t get promoted beyond the rank of a Subedar. The leaders of the revolution recognised all of these as part of the tyranny and oppression of the British rulers and the war was originally based on a promise to uproot these, and restoring liberty in personal life, trade and properties (ref: Azamgarh declaration, Delhi Gazette, 28th September 1857).
In the garb of administrative reforms, the British created these fault lines as they realised that cultural nationalism is the strongest binding force for this nation.
Another of the biggest myths laid to rest is that this war had no creative component that could prepare for the future of India after the war.
163 years on, it is important to revisit what happened during those days as Bharat continues to bear the consequences of fault lines created by the British government in the post-1857 era. The origin of these fault lines lies in the fact that a concerted attempt was made to curb the cultural nationalism, which formed the core of the first war of independence.
The first war of independence often termed as a mutiny by the Marxist and the British historians, had started on May 10, 1857. The historians from the colonial school that largely comprised British historians termed this event as a mutiny of Bharatiya troops in British army while those following the Marxist school of history have termed it as an outcome of the distress among the peasants.
However, if we look at the facts, it emerges that it was a national uprising and the prime factor that led to this war was the way the East India Company and the British officials were attacking the cultural ethos of this nation and especially the Hindus.
ONLINE WEBINAR ON 15TH AUGUST, 2020, 6 PM TO 8 PM IST.
SPEAKER: PARAG TOPE
INTERACTION AFTER THE PRESENTATION. QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE WILL BE FACILITATED
In this session on the eve of Independence Day, Parag Tope, a descendant in the family of Tatya Tope, shall be unravelling many organisational details and logistics of the war, the reasons why the battle was lost, but the war was won. Many myths regard to controversy of Tatya Tope’s death shall be clarified.
About the Speaker:
Parag Tope comes from the family of Tatya Tope, one of the leaders of the war of 1857. He is the author of Operation Red Lotus that presents the war from an Indian point of view. He decoded the mystery of Red Lotus flowers and chapatis that were used in the planning of the logistics of the war. The book is available on Amazon.
Parag Tope is an entrepreneur and the founder of VisualStager, a software for 3D visualization and virtual reality staging. His interests are decapitalizing history and civilizational security.
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