The Chapati Movement of 1857: Watch How The Innocent Roti Terrified The British

Find out how our innocent flatbread shook the colonial rule.

Disclaimer: Originally published in January 2018. It is being republished since it still remains an interesting topic till today. 

Did you know that the innocent-looking chapati you had for lunch was once a symbol of the ingenious movement that had thrown the British into a frenzy?

Yes, our earthy, wholemeal flatbread, once terrified our colonizers and put them in a right fix!

The chapati, one of our many forms of love for unleavened bread, has been an essential part of the Indian cuisine for centuries. It had made its appearance in a Sanskrit text more than 6,000 years ago and was said to be a favourite of King Akbar in 1556.

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The word chapati comes from ‘chapat’ which means ‘slap’. It seems almost prophetic as the movement was a right slap in the face of the British!

So, what exactly happened during this mysterious chapati movement? Watch the video to find out how our innocent flatbread shook the colonial rule.

Image Credits: Google Images

Video Design Credits: Author

Sources: Smithsonian, The Better India, The Voice Of Nation

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