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Indian Independence and Mutiny in India 1857

The mutiny in India in 1857, recognized as the First War of Indian Independence, marked a significant point in history. This upheaval began in Meerut, fueled by the British imposition of the Enfield P-53 rifle cartridges, rumored to be greased with cow and pig fat, offending both Hindu and Muslim soldiers. The rebellion quickly escalated when 85 sepoys, punished for their refusal to use these cartridges, sparked widespread mutiny. Liberating their comrades and killing their British officers, they advanced towards Delhi, declaring the Mughal emperor as their leader and catalyzing other regions to join the resistance. This event not only challenged colonial rule but also united diverse sections of Indian society in a fight for sovereignty, laying foundational principles for future struggles for freedom.