Answer in Brief
Prove that there was no common purpose among the leaders of the Great revolt of 1857.
- The revolt did not have a clear leader. Bahadur Shah II was old and exhausted. He lacked military leadership.
- At Kanpur, Nana Sahib was proclaimed a Peshwa, who was the adopted son of the exited Peshwa Baji Rao II.
- He believed that he was entitled to a pension from the British.
- When he was refused to be given, he was compelled to revolt against them. Rani Lakshmi Bai and Tantia Tope fought for Jhansi and Gwaliar.
- Begun of Awadh wanted to safeguard her territory.
- Khan Bahadur Khan fought against the British when they subjugated his government in Bareilly.
- As such, they lacked unity and gave way for the easy victory of the British.
Concept: The Revolt of 1857
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