India's 1857 revisited through literature

New Delhi: The voice of Prince Mirza Muhammad Feroze Shah, a cousin of the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, was loud and clear when he declared war against the British in 1857.

"I do now proclaim a sacred war and exhort all, according to the tenets of their religion, to exert themselves. We shall certainly conquer the English," he had said in a proclamation.

This proclamation and many other orders passed by different rulers across the country, calling for a united war against the British, will now be available in a book to be published by the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR). To celebrate 150 years of the First War of Independence, the ICHR is bringing out the book in English, Hindi and Urdu. The orders, which were preserved in various archives have been collected and compiled by experts, ICHR Member Secretary P.K. Shukla said.

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