India was granted independence from the British on 15 August 1947. Her to path independence was not

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India was granted independence from the British on 15 August 1947. Her to path independence was not because of one person or just one movement. It was rather a collection of multiple events which were both violent and nonviolent in nature. In essence the Indian Independence Movement lasted nearly a century starting with the Sepoy rebellion(1857) to the formation of the Indian National Congress to the Salt Satyagraha(1929) to the Quit India Movement (1942) and finally Independence in the 1947. In this paper, we will discuss the roles of each of these movement and their effects. Also discussed in this paper is the effect of music on the movement. Before we look in depth at the Indian Independence Movement, it is important to understand…show more content…
This put the Company under immense financial burden and were forced to take loans to avoid bankruptcy. Following this, the British Parliament set up the post of Governor-General to oversee activities by the Company and protect British interests in India (Lal). With a close watch from the British Parliament and the Governor-General the Company continued to control and dominate India till the middle of the 20th century. But the straw that broke the camels back goes or in this case the company relinquishing control of India over to the British Crown was the Sepoy Rebellion of 1857. To control a vast territory the British copied the French system of recruiting natives to serve in the army(Butler). Therefore, the British enlisted the natives and trained them to serve as sepoy(soldiers) in the army. Most of the sepoy were either hindus or muslims who would not eat meat or consume pork respectively. By early 1857, the British began issuing new rifles to the sepoy regiments. To use the rifle, the sepoys had to bite off the end of the cartridge, which included the gunpowder and the bullet. The cartridges were, however, were heavily greased with pork and beef fat (Streets). If the sepoys were to use these new rifles, it would be strictly going against their religious beliefs. This mutiny turned into a revolt under the pretence of religious beliefs being offended and “political, economic, social and cultural westernization” (Streets). The rebellion spanned a total of two

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