The largest number of soldiers participate in the Struggle of 1857 came from

(a) Bengal
(b) Avadh
(c) Bihar
(d) Rajasthan

Anurag Mishra Professor Asked on 19th January 2016 in General Knowledge.
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    Answer: (b) Bengal 

    The largest number of soldiers participate in the Struggle of 1857 came from Bengal. The rebellion of 1857 was a watershed event in the history of British India. In India, the mutiny or disbandment of sixty-nine out of the seventy-four regiments of the Bengal army necessitated its entire reconstruction with men as different in origin as possible from those who had so recently rebelled.
    In 1857, the British East India Company controlled more than 1.6 million square miles of territory on the subcontinent, including the newly annexed states of Sind (1843) and Punjab (1849). This vast area was controlled and protected by an equally vast military force, composed of three distinct armies centered around the presidencies of Madras, Bombay, and Bengal. In 1856 its combined native troops alone numbered 280,000 men, making it the largest all-volunteer mercenary army in the world and a powerful strategic tool for British world dominance. Yet just one year later it strongest military arm the Bengal Army looked as thought it might also prove to be the downfall of British rule in India.

    Anurag Mishra Professor Answered on 19th January 2016.
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