Friday, February 16, 2007

Nicholson Cemetery

This afternoon I headed over to the northern part of the city, the area known as Civil Lines. This is where the British established their residences after the Mutiny*. Here are some photographs from the Nicholson Cemetery, named for General John Nicholson, who died during the storming of Delhi as the British retook the city, amid heavy casualties, in September 1857. His grave is here, among the graves of many from the era (before and after the events of that fateful year), and it is still in use by the Christian community of Delhi. It's owned by the Anglican Church, I believe; however, there was a notice from a Catholic parish about the use of the cemetery, fees and regulations and so on, as well as Mass times for All Souls Day, on the notice board.

[* I simply cannot bring myself to refer to the events of 1857 as the First War for Independence, as our school text books did. It simply wasn't an organized war, even though the overthrow of the British was the main aim, as was, at least initially, the reestablishment of the Mughal empire. I'm a bit wary of current nastionalistic readings into past events. One could use the term that Dalrymple uses, the Uprising, but it's not really that well known.]

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