It is always interesting to read a real story, the real story—and this is one that is about the Mutiny/ the First War of Independence/ the Great Uprising of 1857. But what earns the right to be called the real story, the truth? The answer now is that the truth is what is perceived by ordinary people, what they experience and record for us.
There is a great diversity in the inequality of social, cultural, political, demographic and economic facets of the vast structure of Indian society. Manifestations of many of the various indivious modes of inequality, innate in this society, often make us appear to be a queerly ‘hierarchical breed’ of people.
In March of 1948—the austere white dust jacket would have us know – a group of Gandhi’s closest associates met at Sabarmati Ashram to reflect on his assassination. The group included Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Azad, J.B. Kripalani, and Jayaprakash Narayan, among others.