Re­mem­ber­ing...

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - MYINDIAMYVOTE -

The na­tion­al­ists now wanted in­de­pen­dence. And in the col­lec­tive ha­tred against the Bri­tish, the pain and loss of In­dian sol­diers of World War 1 was some­how for­got­ten – the im­pe­ri­al­ists chose to think of them as mi­nor play­ers, in In­dia the feel­ing was that they were mer­ce­nar­ies, who fought for the colo­nial pow­ers for money.

In re­cent years, how­ever, the con­ver­sa­tion around In­dian par­tic­i­pa­tion in the First World War has been gain­ing vol­ume. In the run-up to 100 years of Ar­mistice Day (November 11) — the sign­ing of the agree­ment be­tween the Al­lied Forces and Ger­many that marked the end of the war — as events have been held across the world, sem­i­nars and me­mo­rial ser­vices for In­dian sol­diers are also be­ing held here. A new me­mo­rial in France also com­mem­o­rates their val­our, an ad­di­tion to the few that al­ready ex­ist abroad. In­dian sol­diers of WW1 are fi­nally get­ting re­spect and re­mem­brance.

IN­DIA “RAL­LIED TO THE BRI­TISH CAUSE” WRITES SHASHI THAROOR, MEM­BER OF PAR­LIA­MENT AND AU­THOR OF ‘AN ERA OF DARK­NESS: THE BRI­TISH EMPIRE IN IN­DIA,’ IN HIS AR­TI­CLE FOR HT TO­DAY

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