William Dalrymple’s forthcoming book, The Last Mughal, presents fascinating new facts and perspectives on the 1857 rising. The most shocking of which are….
- The 1857 rising was primarily a war of religion, with the rebels fighting against the increasingly insensitive and aggressive British attempts to impose Christianity in India.
- More than a quarter of the rebels in Delhi were jehadis fighting to defend their faith.
- Even before the rising, the British had plans to abolish the Mughal court and impose British laws; while many Evangelical Englishmen wished to impose Christianity.