Indian bicycle troops at a crossroads on the Fricourt-Mametz Road, Somme, France (Photo: © IWM Q 3983)

Blog talks of rethink about the role of the Indian soldiers in the First World War

Posted on on 10 December 2014
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Shashi Tharoor, an author and member of the Indian National Congress, has written about the 1.3 million Indian troops who served in the First World War.

He says that up to now "you hear very little" of the activities of Indian troops in the war, and that, "the general feeling was that India was ashamed of its soldiers’ participation in a colonial war".

But Shashi Tharoor goes on to argue that the Centenary "is finally forcing a rethink".

He writes: 'We are beginning to see the soldiers of World War I as human beings, who took the spirit of their country to battlefields abroad...It is a matter of quiet satisfaction that their overdue rehabilitation has now begun.'

An excerpt from Tharoor's essay appeared in the Times of India Blog. Read the entire excerpt here

For more information on India in WWI, go to the website for the joint USI-MEA Centenary Commemoration Project:

Sources: Times of India, United Service Intitution of India: Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research

Images: courtesy of Imperial War Museum (© IWM Q 3983)

Posted by: Hannah Schneider, Centenary News