Santhal Revolt

Peasant revolts of the 18th and 19th centuries are a very important segment of the modern Indian history syllabus for the IAS exam. The short article below gives a brief about the Santhal Revolt or Santhal Hul. You can take points from it to aid your answer writing in the civil services exam.

The Santhal Revolt took place in 1855-56. Santhals are a tribal group concentrated in the state of Jharkhand. This was the first peasant revolt that occurred in India. The revolt can be attributed to the introduction of the Permanent Land Settlement of 1793.

The aforesaid settlement pattern by the British snatched lands that the Santhals had been cultivating for centuries from them. The zamindars, moneylenders, Europeans and the British government officials raised the land tax and exploited farmers. They were so oppressed that they resolved to rebel against the landlords and the government.

The Santhals engaged in guerrilla warfare. This was a new occurrence for Bihar. The Santhals formed their own armies composed of peasants marching against their op­pressors. The Santhal army dismantled the rail­way and postal communications. Surely, the Santhal revolt was very effective for a while but it could not succeed against the absolute power of the government and was suppressed.

Santhal rebellion UPSC prelims

Consider the following statements:

  • The Santhal Revolt started in the year 1855.
  • Permanent Land Settlement of 1793 was the cause of the Santhal Revolt.

Which of the following statements is/are correct?

a) Only 1

b) Only 2

c) Both 1 and 2

d) None of the above

Answer: C

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