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It seems that the ‘Chapati Conspiracy’ of 1857 was in fact a ‘Poori Plot’. Pooris do make better strategic sense.

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Chapati vs the Poori

On March 7, 1857, the Urdu weekly Ashraf-al-Akhbar (Lucknow) carried a small item on its last page under the heading, ‘A Strange Incident’. Apparently, a few days earlier, village chowkidars in that region had received pooris from their counterparts in other villages, with the instruction: “Keep them. The ruler would ask for them later. Meanwhile, make five fresh pooris and distribute them in other villages in a similar manner.” The rulers, according to the report, were greatly perturbed at this strange development and had ordered the thanedars to trace down the original instigator. “The chain, however, seems endless across the region, and no success appears possible.”

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