Andhra Pradesh

Chittoor historian unravels Andhras’ role in freedom struggle

Prof. K.S.S. Seshan

Prof. K.S.S. Seshan   | Photo Credit: SpecialArrangement


Releases book on revolts against the British prior to 1857

The revolt by Indians against the British prior to 1857 is not known to many, more so, about the freedom movement prevalent in the Andhra region.

Throwing light on this aspect, historian Prof. K.S.S. Seshan brought out a book, Early anti-British revolts in Andhra, 1766-1857, which was unveiled at the Indian History Congress held at Jadavpur University, Kolkata recently. The book was released by Prof. Irfan Habib, considered a doyen among historians.

The work compiles the numerous struggles carried out in the Andhra region against the British, much before the outbreak of the 1857 sepoy mutiny. “The book deals with such early revolts from the time the Company started acquiring the Andhra region in 1766,” Prof. Seshan told The Hindu.

The revolt had its roots mostly in disproportionate revenue sharing or the lack of respect shown by the Company for local chieftains. In the Circar region, the Zamindars revolted over the quantum of revenue, while the rebellion of minor Zamindars in the agency area was a result of the Company's utter disregard to them.

The Chittoor Palegars raised a banner of revolt with the dispossession of Arcot Nawabs. “The Wahabi movement and the role of Rasool Khan, the Nawab of Kurnool, the courage with which the Hyderabad prince Mubarez-ud-Daulah conspired, though unsuccessfully, against the British and the valour of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy against the Company armies in 1846 serve as inspiring examples for posterity,” Prof. Seshan explained.

The work also highlights the Visakhapatnam, the Mominabad and the Bolaram mutinies, which are examples of the courage of conviction of the native sepoys in the British army.

A former professor and head of history at the University of Hyderabad, Prof. Seshan hails from Chittoor district and obtained his Ph.D. from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati. He also taught at Besant Theosophical College, Madanapalle and founded the history department at Assam Central University, Silchar, before moving to Hyderabad.

An executive member of IHC, the highest body of professional historians in India, Prof. Seshan feels that the book captured and projected the rebellious spirit of the natives against colonial injustices, both on civil and military fronts.

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