2007 - The First War of Independence 150 Years - UNC Set

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The third in the Year 2007 was a commemorative with the theme 150 Years of First War of Independence. A VIP Set, Proof Set and UNC Set were released.
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The First war of Independence of 1857 also known as the Great Rebellion, the Indian Mutiny, the Revolt of 1857, the Uprising of 1857, the Sepoy Rebellion, and the Sepoy Mutiny; began as a mutiny of sepoys of the British East India Company's army on 10 May 1857, in the town of Meerut. It soon erupted into other mutinies and civilian rebellions largely in the upper Gangetic plain and central India, with the major hostilities confined to present-day Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, northern Madhya Pradesh, and the Delhi region. The rebellion was the first that posed a considerable threat to Company power and it was contained only with the fall of Gwalior on 20 June 1858.
The rebellion is largely symbolized by Mangal Pandey.

Leaders such as the Rani of Jhansi and Rani of Tulsipur Ishwori Kumari Devi of Tulsipur-State and others were trying for quite some time to stage a planned co-ordinated war against the East India Company. The entire plan had to be brought forward as the stray incidence of March 29, 1857 soon took the turn of a rebellion. It started at the Barrackpore (now Barrackpur) parade ground, near Calcutta (now Kolkata), 29-year-old Mangal Pandey of the 34th BNI, angered by the recent actions by the East India Company, declared that he would rebel against his commanders

The rebels consisted of three groups: the feudal nobility, rural landlords called taluqdars, and the peasants. The nobility, many of whom had lost titles and domains under the Doctrine of Lapse, which refused to recognize the adopted children of princes as legal heirs, felt that the Company had interfered with a traditional system of inheritance. Rebel leaders such as Nana Sahib and the Rani of Jhansi belonged to this group. The second group, the taluqdars, had lost half their landed estates to peasant farmers as a result of the land reforms that came in the wake of annexation of Oudh. As the rebellion gained ground, the taluqdars quickly reoccupied the lands they had lost, and paradoxically, in part due to ties of kinship and feudal loyalty, did not experience significant opposition from the peasant farmers, many of whom joined the rebellion.The last Mugal King Bhadur Shah Zaffar with the weakning of the empire joined the rebillion.

They were notably let down by other Princely states of Hyderabad, Mysore, Travancore, and Kashmir, as well as the smaller ones of Rajputana and Peshwas Other regions of Company-controlled India—Bengal province, the Bombay Presidency, and the Madras Presidency—remained largely calm. In Punjab, the Sikh princes backed the Company by providing both soldiers and support.

The rebellion led to the dissolution of the East India Company in 1858, and marks an important landmark in India’s struggle for Independence. The British was forced to reorganize the army, the financial system, and the administration in India. India was thereafter directly governed by the Crown in the new British Raj.

Executive and Special Set: Velvet Type Box
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