Write a note on the nature of the Revolt of 1857.
The historical writings of the British scholars underplayed the character of the Revolt of 1857. Sir John Lawrence was of the opinion that the revolt was purely a military outbreak and not a conspiracy to over throw British rule. On the other hand the revolt of 1857 is hailed by the Indian scholars, especially by Vir Savarkar as the first was of Indian Independence.
Two distinguished Indian historians, R.C. Majumdar and S.N. Sen, have analysed the revolt of 1857 in depth. The two scholars differ in their opinion. S.N. Sen believes that the 1857 revolt was part of the struggle for Indian independence. R.C. Majumdar maintains that the outbreaks before 1857, whether civil or military, were “a series of isolated incidents” ultimately culminated in the Great Revolt of 1857.