What Indian soldiers wrote during World War II
“The sound of bullets, the roar of cannons and the roar of planes are my only recourse.”
This is an excerpt from an Indian soldier’s letter to his brother from the French front in World War I.
From 1914 to 1918, about 1.3 million United Indian troops took part in the war. About 74,000 of them were killed.
In the five years of the war, millions of letters were sent from the battlefield to United India.
One soldier wrote: “The shells are falling like rain in the summer.”
Another wrote: ‘The corpses are scattered like corn bales after harvest.’
These letters could reach their destination only after passing through the British censor office. Censors cut off war details and names. Sometimes the whole letter was stopped.
Allah Dutta and Mustafa wrote to Nathu Khan in Jhelum: ‘Whoever says that there is no war in France is lying. The war is in full swing. Thousands of mothers have lost their babies.
Soldier Ram Singh wrote to his father from Kitchener Indian Hospital in Brighton, UK: ‘We are not allowed to write about the war. Newspapers are false. We have occupied only four hundred yards.
A clerk in India has expressed anger at his brother: ‘You have no idea how depressed I get when I don’t get letters from you, PSA and my wife every week. The sound of bullets, the roar of cannons and the roar of planes are my only recourse here.
The battle of the trenches was the most troubling for the Indian soldiers in the cold and rainy season.
A letter from a soldier in France to a friend in Kohat: ‘The enemy attacked the trenches with gas, causing my gums to swell. I’m fine now. ‘
In some regions, loved ones are also barred from enlisting in the army.
Many soldiers have likened the beauty of Europe to a fairy tale.
From France, Jalaluddin wrote to Haji Sadat and Mir Khan in UP that “France is full of beauty.”
A medical assistant wrote to his wife in India: ‘There are girls everywhere in Brighton who are very kind to the natives. They walk hand in hand. Wheat and sorghum die on the color.
Another soldier wrote to his friend in Sialkot: “The best thing here is that the boy and the girl choose each other for marriage.”
Many soldiers resorted to drugs to alleviate the grief of being away from home, while others suffered from henna and cold on the battlefield.
Comilla Kahar, a soldier from France, urged Dori Kahar in the beginning: ‘Send me four doses of hashish as soon as possible. There is an urgent need because of the cold.
Soldier Gharibullah pleaded with friends in Peshawar: “Send a towel of opium as soon as you receive the letter.”
Noorbaz from France told his story to Gul Badshah in Kohat: ‘Unfortunately, we celebrated four Eids in France without wearing henna and kohl. Send these things away. ‘
A soldier wrote to his wife in India:
‘My wife, my dear
‘You do not worry! Overseas travel has opened my eyes. There are no ups and downs. Everyone here is happy in their life and good natured.
Seven lakh Indian soldiers also took the field against the Ottoman Empire. There were many Muslims. Many refused to fight against the Muslim Brotherhood and were sentenced. But some saw it as an opportunity to show their loyalty to the British government.
A Muslim soldier in France wrote to his brother in India: ‘I have no better opportunity to show my family loyalty to the British government. I believe that Turkey is a Muslim country. But what do we have to do with Turkey?
These soldiers are now a source of livelihood, but these letters cover many interesting aspects of their history.
Congratulations on the 100th year of 1917
When the sun rose on this world exactly one hundred years ago on January 1, 1917, this planet was battling the ravages of the First World War. No one knew how much more destruction was yet to come.
The Middle East had slipped from the Ottoman Empire to Western powers in just two and a half years. The formula for the destruction of the next 100 years as a result of the new monkey distribution in the Middle East in 1917 was written in the form of the Balfour Declaration. Britain allotted someone’s land (Palestine) to someone.
Today, on January 1, 2017, the Middle East is suffering the same bloody fate of Bandarban. Here in 1917, imperialist state actors and their puppet democracies were destroying each other.
In 2017, the non-state grandchildren and great-grandchildren of these state actors are doing the same thing in a cheerful manner.
In 1917, Woodrow Wilson’s United States jumped into an international war outside its continent for the first time and realized for the first time how easily it could play the role of a superpower in this fragmented greedy world. The United States has not looked back since.
Putin and Trump
Today, a hundred years later, in 2017, the United States continues to play a leading role. But like a hundred years ago, Germany, France, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Tsar were fighting each other over prey. In the same way, today, a hundred years later, New China and New Russia are trying to snatch their share from the United States.
The United States looks like the Germany of a hundred years ago, which took hold of the peg of narrow-minded nationalism to prevent it from slipping on the global slope, and this narrow-minded nationalism took refuge in the house of growing Nazism.
China, on the other hand, looks a hundred years old like the United States that came out of its new home to conquer the world. As a result of this tug-of-war, how far will the Trump leadership of the old US of 2017 be able to handle this country? Wait for it
In 1917, for the first time on this planet, in the name of the oppressed classes, the Russian Bolsheviks rounded up the bedrock of the bloodthirsty elite and founded the Soviet Union, and 70 years later the bedrock of the Soviet Union itself. But from his ashes emerged Vladimir Putin. Today, Russia of 2017, though not the Soviet Union, is growing at the same pace as the Soviet Union once did.
Even a hundred years ago, this world was divided into camps. The same is true today. Characters have changed, but the appetite is the same. The words have changed but the intention is the same. Forms have changed, but man is the same.
There are 364 days left in 2017. But in politics, even a week is a long time. Happy New Year to Putin, Xi Jinping, Donald Trump, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Narendra Modi, Netanyahu, Bashar al-Assad, General Abdul Fattah Sisi and ISIS.
Hey remember Today, only 40% of the animals, birds, and birds that existed on this planet in 1917 are left.
Does he also have to say Happy New Year or not and that too from a ‘civilized man’.
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