The Bhils who lived in the Western Ghats controlled the mountain passes between the north and the Deccan.
They revolted against Company rule in 1817-19, as they had to face famine, economic distress, and misgovernment.
The British used both force and conciliatory efforts to control the uprising. However, the Bhils revolted again in 1825, 1831, and in 1846.
This uprising took place in the Khandesh region of Maharastra under the leadership of Sewaram due to agrarian hardships.
Where are Bhil tribes found?
The Bhil are distributed widely in upland areas of several states, from Ajmer in central Rajasthan on the north, to Thane in western Maharashtra on the south, to Indore in western Madhya Pradesh on the east, and to Surat in southeastern Gujarat on the west.
This uprising took place in Khandesh region of Maharastra under the leadership of Sewaram due to the agrarian hardships.
Bhomat Bhil Movement was led by Motilal Tejawat.
In 1818, the States of Mewar, Dungarpur, Banswara concluded treaties with the British power and new order was established. The Bheels revolted in 1818 against this new order.
The word Bhil is derived from “Veel” which means “bow” in the Dravidian language. The Bhil tribe is called the “Dhanush Purush of India” because they are very adept in Dhanush learning.