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Shekhar Gupta: A People and their Army

Gen Rawat-Dyer comparison shows how post-colonial scholars missed out on the finest Army of this era

Shekhar Gupta 

Shekhar Gupta Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer was British, but was an officer of the Indian Army. The 50 riflemen who opened fire at a peaceful Baisakhi gathering at Amritsar's Jallianwala Bagh, killing 396 and wounding more than a thousand, were Indian soldiers. Within 25 years, the same Army was fighting on both sides of a small, one-sided but historic war. Subhash Chandra Bose's Indian National Army consisted of Indian prisoners of war with Axis forces. Within three years, in 1947-48 of that fratricide, the Army was at war again, this time to protect its own nation, in Kashmir. The ...

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First Published: Fri, June 09 2017. 18:34 IST
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