1857 was First War of Independence Rather than Mere Mutiny

New Delhi, Feb 23 — Urdu journalists and poets had played the most important role in mobilising public opinion against British imperialism and inculcating a deep sense of patriotism in the public during the first war of Independence 1857, observed Sahitya Akademy president Professor Gopi Chand Narang while presiding over a seminar on “1857 Revolt, Colonial System, Literature and the Independence Movement.”

Speaking as Chief Guest, noted historian Professor Irfan Habib of Aligarh Muslim University cited the poetic verses of Muhammad Hussain Azad and Bahadur Shah Zafar to prove that it was an united uprising. “One important feature of this Revolt was that Hindus and Muslims both raised the voice of revolt together.”

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