Maharashtra State BoardSSC (English Medium) 8th Standard
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Explain the Following Statement with Reasons. the Indian Sepoys Could Not Keep Stand in Front of the British Army. - History and Civics

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Explain the following statement with reasons.

The Indian sepoys could not keep stand in front of the British army. 

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On May 11, 1857, Indian sepoys revolted against the British in Meerut over the use of cartridges greased with pig and cow fat. The sepoys attacked the British magazine to captured the weapon store stocked there. In the initial hours, the revolt was in the hands of the rebels. But the sepoys couldn’t withstand the British army. The reasons are:

A) Political reasons

• The higher class people like princes and educated class stayed away from the revolt

• The revolt did not spread to a large area. It just focused in central India and northwestern India.

• The sepoys could not point out an alternative to the current British rule.

B) Military reasons

• the British army was very well organized and strong

• the military supplies of the sepoys were limited

C) Organizational reasons

• the sepoys were unorganized and unplanned

• Very weak leadership. Leaders like Nana Saheb, Tantia Tope, Kunwar Singh, and Rani Lakshmi Bhai were not efficient enough to confront the British army.

• The revolt was undirected and did not have any motive.

• It was just the uprising from the religious and emotional wounds of sepoys

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Balbharati History and Civics 8th Standard Maharashtra State Board
Chapter 1.04 The Freedom Struggle of 1857
Exercise | Q 3 | Page 20
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