ধৰ্ম্মনাশে সিপাহী-বিদ্রোহ 0&c দেশীয় রাজাদিগের ঔরসজাত পুত্র বা স্বধ্বংশজাত উত্তরাধিকারীর অভাবে দত্তকপুলকে উত্তরাধিকারী স্বীকার না করিয়া সেই সেই রাজ্য ব্রিটিশ সাম্রাজ্যভুক্ত করায় তাহ['2 ধৰ্ম্মবিষয়ে হস্তক্ষেপের মধ্যে গণ্য হয় । * অবশ্য এই সমস্ত ধৰ্ম্মনাশের আশঙ্কা ব্যতীত অন্যান্য কারণ ও লর্ড রবার্টস নির্দেশ করিয়াছেন । ফরেষ্ট সাহেব ও উহাদিগের কতকগুলিকে এই বিদ্রোহসূচনার মূল বলিয়া প্ৰকাশ করিয়া থাকেন । তিনি ক্যানিং ও ডালহৌসীর अभgशद्ध घनां९४लि ७८लथ were too tangible to be pooh poohed or explained away. Moreover railways struck a direct blow as the system of castic, for on them people of every caste, high and low, were bound to travel together. is k is nor was oppertunity wanting to confirm, apparently, the truth of their assertions. In the goal a system of messing had been established which interferred with the time, honour, custom of every man being allowed to provide and cook his own food. This innovation was most properly introduce as a matter of goal discipline, and due care was taken that the food of the Hindu prisoners should be prepared by cooks of the same or superior caste. Nevertheless, false reports were dissiminated, and the credulous Hindu population was led to believe that the prisoners food was in future to be prepared by men of inferior caste, with the object of defiling and degrading those for whom it was prepared. The news of what was supposed to have happened in the goals spread to town to town and from village to village, the belief grdually gaining ground that the people were about to be forced to embrace Christianity.” (Robert's Fortyone years in India Vol. I).
- "Another weighty cause of discontent, chiefly affecting the wealthy and influencial classes and giving colour that the Brahmin's accusations that we-intended to upset the religion, and violate the most cherished custom of the Hindus, was Lord IDalhousies strict enforcement of the doctrine of the lapse of property in the absence of direct or collateral heirs and the consequent appropriation of certain Native States and the resumption of certain political pensions by the Government of India. This was condemned by the people of India as grasping and as an unjustfiable interference with the institutions of the country, and undoubtedly made us many enemies." (Forty-one years in India Vol. 1).