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The Trial of Bahadur Shah Zafar

Pramod K. Nayar (Editor)
Synopsis Bahadur Shah Zafar, the poet-king, was catapulted into the limelight when the 'mutineers' from Meerut arrived in Delhi on 11 May 1857. After the 'Mutiny', the last of the great Mughals went on trial on 27 January 1858 for aiding and abetting the 'mutineers' of 1857. The 21-day trail in the Diwan-i-Khas, the Hall of Special Audience, in Zafar's own palace, saw the British produce dozens of witnesses and documents to demonstrate Zafar's complicity in the 'Mutiny'. He was eventually found guilty and exiled to Burma, where he died years later. The proceedings of this historic trial was first published in 1858, but has remained largely absent from studies and histories of Colonial India. The current edition reproduces the text, documents and witness accounts of the day-by-day account of the trial. The introduction, beginning with a short but comprehensive history of the East India Company and the 'Mutiny', places the trail in the context of the Colonial state and its ideological structures. It then moves on to a reading of the trial's key narrative and rhetorical features. The text of the trial constitutes a great historical drama. The vast archive of 'evidence' captures the theatre, the violence, the betrayals and the British anger. The legal arguments and eye-witness accounts reveal the human, political and bureaucratic dimensions of the trail of the nineteenth century. The Trial of Bahadur Shah Zafar makes for fascinating reading--for the history buff and anyone interested in India 1857.
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About the author

Pramod K. Nayar

Pramod K. Nayar teaches at the Department of English, University of Hyderabad. He has published extensively on English and American literatures, Indian writing in English and Literary Theory. He has co-edited (with Nila Shah) Modern Indian Poetry in English: Critical Studies, and (with R.K. Dhawan) a volume of critical essays on Vikram Seth. He was Smuts Visiting Fellow in commonwealth Studies, University of Cambridge, (2000-2001) and is the recipient of a Fellowship from the Department of Culture, government of India (2000-2002) for a project on Indian fiction in English. He reviews for Jouvert, Culture Machine, E-Green, Studies in Travel Writing, Journal of cultural Geography and other international journals.

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Title The Trial of Bahadur Shah Zafar
Format Softcover
Date published: 23.11.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788125032700
length lxxvi+315p., Tables; Bibliography; Appendices; 25cm.
Subjects History