what were the political causes of the revolt of 1857 ?

Political Causes : The annexation policy of British was one of the

major causes. The terms of the Subsidiary treaties signed by Wellesley

with different rulers were never honoured unless it suited the British

interests. The Doctrine of Lapse introduced by Dalhousie led to the

outright annexation of eight states. Nana Saheb lost his pension. Rani

of Jhansi was not permitted to adopt a son. They turned against the

British. They were the most able leaders of the revolt. The annexation

of Oudh and deposition of its ruler Wazid Ali Shah, made Oudh the

most prominent centre of the revolt. Bahadur Shah II, the Mughal

Emperor and his successors were humiliated by the British. They were

prohibited from using their ancestral palace, the Red Fort, in future.

Besides, the Muslims were in general dissatisfied with the British. They

felt that they had lost their political power.

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