The people of India commemorate with great pride the 10th of May as the anniversary of the Great Ghadar against the rule of the British East India Company. On this day in 1857, soldiers of the army garrison in Meerut raised the banner of revolt against the British. They marched to Delhi and, with the backing of Bahadur Shah Zafar, the Mughal ruler, proclaimed their intention to drive out the British from India. They called on people from all communities, and across the length and breadth of the country, to join them. Hum hai iske malik, Hindustan hamara (India is ours, we are its masters) was their powerful rallying call.