Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Patriotism and Recollections

I read recently a study of the mémoires of a British soldier who participated in the Revolution of 1857 (or rebellion as they would have it) glorifying the courage, the presence of mind and patriotism of the British troops . He did not acknowledge the help given, by a sizable section of  troops, consisting of the Sikhs, the frontier men and the Gurkhas, who came to the aid of the British soldiers at a critical moment.

The perusal of this book brought back to my mind a scene during the Quit India movement, to which I was a witness. In Madurai a large crowd had gathered in the square near Meenakshi Amman Temple to demonstrate and to protest against the arrest of Congress Leaders. As I stood in the crowd, I witnessed the police men, all Indians, open fire against their own brothers.

It is sad to recall that some of our men seemed to lack that same sense of patriotism which this English man boasted of.

Revolution if 1857
Image Source : http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/pritchett/00routesdata/1800_1899/1857revolt/tantiatopi/tantiatopi.html

Links to the Book I read :
Free Digital Read at Project Gutenberg

Kindle Version at Amazon

Paper Back : Forty-one Years In India, From Subaltern To Commander-in-chief

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