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This book, “Mewati Rebellion of 1857” is a work especially written for the readers to introduce the Meo community and highlight about their passion of independence and their fight against the British during the Rebellion of 1857. Due to multi-dimensional aspects and nature of the events, the Rebellion of 1857 remains the most written history in India. For the first time, it brought together the people having different ethnic, religious and class in a unified movement against the British rule. In this book, I have discussed almost all the issues related to the Mewati Rebellion in Mewat region and other parts of north and central India. Through different chapters, I have tried to prove that how the British East India Company during its rule of about half-century in north India, had threatened the religion, changed the political system and ruined the socio-economic setup of almost all classes of Indian society, including the Mewatis.
As the region of Mewat was mostly rural, the Rebellion of 1857 was mainly confined to the peasants and Sepoys at the village level. The Mewati revolutionaries were among the common people, with unique identity and culture, actively participated in the Rebellion, and martyred for their motherland. By discussing the heroic deeds of the Meo and other Mewati heroes during the Rebellion of 1857, I have tried to posit them alongside mainstream nationalist heroes. Moreover, in this work, the peasantry as a whole has been focused especially the Meos or Mewati peasantry of Mewat and different parts of north and central India. Their role in the Rebellion has been highlighted by giving the examples of their various grievances and fights against the British. The Mewati participation in the Rebellion of different states beyond Mewat has also been described in short. Even the drawbacks of the Mewati revolutionaries also have been analysed with intense care.
Dr. Aijaz Ahmad was born on 16th August, 1969, at Motipur village in Sant Kabir Nagar district of Utter Pradesh. After completing his early education in Basti, he admitted in AMU Aligarh in 1985, for higher studies and completed B.A. (Hons), M.A. and M.Phil. in History. He also qualified NET and JRF test conducted by UGC from the same University. In 1994, he was appointed as a lecturer in History in YMD College Nuh in Mewat District of Haryana. In 2000, he obtained his Ph.D. degree as a teacher candidate from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Now he is promoted as Associate Professor of History at the same college. During his service career in the same college he got published six research papers in national and international journals and proceedings of the Indian History Congress. In the same period he got published three books: 1. “Aligarh Muslim University: An Educational and Political History, 1920-47” Ghaziabad, 2005. 2. “Mewat: A Retrospective” Ghaziabad, 2013. 3. “Muslims Against the British Rule” New Delhi, 2014. 4. Rebellion of 1857: A New Analysis of Historical Facts” New Delhi, 2014. His current work is “Mewati Rebellion of 1857”.