Saturday, February 28, 2015
WORLD WAR I - MORE THAN 1.27 MILLION FOUGHT IN THE MIDDLE EAST FOR THE BRITISH : WESTERN WORLD HAS NOT EXPRESSED ITS GRATITUDE TO INDIA YET.
That many Indians were Muslim was a source of angst for the British military— and a wellspring of possibility for the Ottoman Empire.
Ultimately, Ottoman efforts to exploit this shared religious identity failed, in part because so many Indian Muslims separated political duty from religious fealty.
The increasing “Indianization” of Britain’s army was born of necessity and occurred amidst British jitters over stationing Indian Muslims in proximity to their Ottoman coreligionists.
It was Indians, Egyptians, Australians, and other colonial subjects who manned the trenches and peopled the platoons that fought and won the war in the Middle East for the British.