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On 2/7/2022 at 3:03 AM, proactive said:

You aren't even half the man that these guys were.



Sure......you couldn't do this to me, and then put a bandook in my hand.......these are nothing short of slaves.





Fighting for people who treat you like second rate shyte is a desperate mugs move:


Forgotten stories of the bravery of the 1.5m Indian soldiers who fought alongside the British in WWI and the racism they faced in the trenches are revealed in newly-uncovered interviews with veterans

  • Around 1.5 million men, mainly from remote north Indian villages fought with the British from 1914 to 1918
  • Fighting under the command of their colonial masters they faced racism, brutality and prejudice in the war
  • The truth about their service  is revealed in veteran interview transcripts offered to the British Library
  • The forgotten stories of the Indian soldiers who served in WW1 have been revealed in newly uncovered interviews with veterans.
  • Around 1.5 million men, who were mainly illiterate and from remote villages in Northern India fought with the British from 1914 to 1918.

    Fighting under the command of their colonial masters they faced racism, brutality and prejudice in the trenches.

  • The Indians suffered inhumane physical punishments such as floggings, they were denied home leave and were also banned from taking command positions.

  • What's more, they received a lower wage than their white counterparts and were segregated in camps, on trains and in ships. 

    The truth of their service during the war is revealed in 1,000 pages of veteran interview transcripts, which were recorded in the 1970s, and have been offered to the British Library by historian George Morton-Jack.

    The recordings were made by a team led by DeWitt Ellinwood, an American historian and anthropologist and Morton-Jack traced them to his house in upstate New York where they had been stored for several decades.

  • Until now, the record of their service had been documented in letters   which were sent by a small proportion of Indian soldiers on the western front, which have been translated and held in the British Library and are available online.

    The letters were mostly dictated to scribes by illiterate Indian soldiers.

    The soldiers were careful not to express their true feelings in the letters as they were sent to censors before being sent back to India.

    But the interviews show that the soldiers were subject to racial discrimination, according to  Mr Morton-Jack.

Speaking to The Guardian, Mr Morton-Jack, the author of The Indian Empire at War, said: 'They were careful about what they said [in the letters]. They knew dissent could be punished by the British as their colonial masters. So they habitually held back their true feelings.

'But the interviews show they had a strong sense of the racial discrimination they suffered under the British, and their growing belief that they should have civil rights, they shouldn't be subject to colonial domination, and they should live in their own free country. They describe how those feelings developed through the war.'

Sujan Singh, who was 80 when he was interviewed, said: 'We were slaves.' Nand Singh spoke of a 'curtain of fear' separating the Indian and white soldiers.  

Mr Morton-Jack said that the treatment of the India soldiers was 'painful in many ways' and 'at the time they routinely didn't speak the truth of how they felt to their colonial masters'.

But he explained that 'their feelings come out in the transcripts'. 





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One can just sense the jealousy of our resident duggu. His people the Tarkhans were the ONLY Sikhs to be indentured labourers for the British in East Africa. While other Sikhs went abroad went as free emigrants, many having served abroad and went to countries outside India to earn enough to send back to Punjab. The Duggu Tarkhans went as indentured labourers which was just a notch above slavery and this duggus calls those brave Sikhs who fought in the army as slaves. While his duggus were being eaten by lions in Kenya, the Sikh soldiers were fighting in wars and maintaining a martial history. 

The duggu who has never been to Punjab, does not even understand that army recruitment meant that some castes such as Lobana and Mazhabi were able to become agricultural castes and hence own land. The battle hardened Sikh soldiers of WW1 formed the backbone of the Akali Jathas that wrested back the Gurdwaras for the community and the Sikh soldiers of WW2 formed the backbone of the Jathas that saved East Punjab. How many Tarkhans were in any of these Jathas, very few if any.  If you want a table and chairs then a Tarkhan is your man, but if you want to save your land from going to Pakistan then best to look for other Sikhs. 


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