What were the causes of the failure of the revolt of 1857?
Following were the causes behind the failure of the revolt of 1857:
- The rebels had no coordination among themselves and there was no common plan of action.
- The rebels had no centralised leadership which could give any proper direction to their activities. The rebels kept themselves limited to narrow territorial gains instead of making any concerted efforts to forge a national state.
- The rebels and their leaders were both at a huge disadvantage when it came to financial muscle and weaponry.
- The revolt, to a great extent, remained localised to Awadh, Central India and Bihar. It did not really spread to other parts of India, and south India especially remained completely unaffected by it. Princes and zamindars remained loyal to the British and the peasantry remained indifferent.
- The rebels were more interested in emancipating their respective regions than the whole of India.