The Sepoy Rebellion

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India has a history of being a fractured nation, at times this disunity was even able to save them from being taken over by conquerors like Alexander the Great. However, their luck was doomed to run out. India has always been a country rich in resources, making it natural prey to the British imperialists who not only wished to exploit these resources but the people of India as well. With a viewpoint such as this, it’s simple to see why Indian's view of British Imperialists evolved into yet another divided nation, with some coming to accept and see the benefits of Britain's political control, while others couldn’t come to terms with how easily the British system disregarded them and how altered it was from the once great Mughal Empire. Despite …show more content…
At first, the power that Britain had over India was that of an indirect rule, where they elected a local official who promised to stay loyal to Britain. In addition, the British East India Company, those with the rule of India at the time, established a military regime called the Sepoys who were loyal to the British and helped keep the Indian people in line. However, things could not always stay like this, especially when the people meant to stay loyal to Britain the most rebelled against them. The Sepoy Rebellion began because of the British using pig and cow fat on the ammunition cartilages, which are both animals that are forbidden to be consumed in the Muslim and Hindu faith. The Sepoys, who were expected to ripe off the ammunition paper before loading their guns saw this as a clear form of disrespect towards their religious beliefs. Although the rebellion led to many deaths on both parts of the battle, the Indians turned out losing when the British managed to suppress the rebellion. Since the British were fed up with the violence and disobedience in their empire the British East India Company lost all political control of the nation, the original empires, like the Mughal, were dissolved of all political power and the local officials who had been put into power were now exchanged for native British men. This all …show more content…
The British were certainly not the first to change their religion slightly in order to better accommodate the native people of the nation they were taking over, and sadly, they will not be the last. The resilience of the Hindus in India, who largely rejected Christianity which many Indians like Gandhi believed to be bad since he constantly called their follower’s as strayed from God. Having the ability to fight off a religion from a foreign ruler is never an easy task and it shows that tradition and customs can stand a chance against colonization. However, this was not always the case, and many countries have fallen under foreign religion. The greatest example of this is South America and its colonization by Spain, where despite the europeans being outrageously outnumbered by both native americans and blacks, they were able to lay their claim on the area through force and natural assimilation, eventually transforming the entire continent (other than Brazil) into a spanish speaking catholic country. This change was not able to happen overnight however, with the Spanish changing their own religion to better accommodate the native american’s original religion. For example, the Spanish made sure to include the local gods and earth gods of the native americans and merging them with images of the Virgin Mary. The key difference with these 2 countries is

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