Marx writes to document the outrages committed by the British in retaliation for the uprising in 1857:
“The Punjaub is declared to be quiet, but at the same time we are informed that ‘at Ferozepore, on the 13th of June, military executions had taken place’ while Vaughan’s corps – 5th
Punjaub Infantry – is praised for ‘having behaved admirably in pursuit of the
55th Native Infantry’. This, it must be confessed, is very queer sort of ‘quiet’”
Isn’t this sort of reading of British troop action as an archival trace of something more significant that ‘provoked’ the reactions of the British exactly the sort of reading strategy that the founding Subaltern Studies scholars like Ranajit Guha suggested as critical historical method?