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Despite the fact that the revolt of 1857 failed, it gave a severe jolt to the British administration in India. The structure and policies of the British were re-established and drastically changed. Explain.

Topic: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.

1. Despite the fact that the revolt of 1857 failed, it gave a severe jolt to the British administration in India. The structure and policies of the British were re-established and drastically changed. Explain. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Easy

Reference: Chapter 1- India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra.

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 1.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the impact created by the revolt of 1857.

Directive word: 

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the context. You must be defining key terms wherever appropriate and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Start by briefly mentioning how the 1857 uprising was successfully quelled by the British.

Body:

Mention the various re-alignment policies in administration such a British crown taking over control from EIC, Military strengthening, Transfer of Power, Divide and Rule, New Policy Towards the Princess, Search for New allies etc brought by the British as a way to avoid any such future uprising.

Conclusion:

Conclude by mentioning that although the British succeeded in overpowering the Uprising, it proved to be the beginning of resistance from the people of India.