Write a note on the significance of the revolt of 1857.
The Revolt of 1857 though completely suppressed had shaken the very foundations of British rule in India, for the simple reason that the revolt exhibited the popular character. It brought together the disgruntled sections of society to rise against the British rule. The common people rose up in arms often fighting with spears and axes. bows, and arrows, lathis and seythes, and crude mulkets. However, this civilian revolt was not universal but sporadic and inconsistent. Nevertheless, it added a new dimension to the character of the 1857 Revolt. Another significant aspect of the 1857 revolt was the Hindu-Muslim unity.