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The forgotten history of Indian troops in China

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  1. Agent_47

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    For 55 days, the Boxers laid siege to the heart of Beijing.

    The rebels, mainly young Chinese farmers and workers, kept more than 400 foreigners holed up in Beijing’s Foreign Legation Quarter. The siege was the dramatic denouement of months of anti-Imperialist and anti-Christian sentiment that swept across China at the turn of the 20th century. Known as the Boxer Rebellion, the events cast a long shadow on Chinese history throughout the 20th century, invoked by later nationalists in their own fight against Imperialism.

    The history of the Boxer Rebellion is well known. What isn’t is the crucial role played by troops from British India in lifting the siege, which eventually paved the way for the occupation of Beijing by foreign troops.

    Indian regiments made their way to the foreign quarter “crawling through the Imperial sewage canals”, undetected by the Boxers, and were the first troops to come to the aid of the besieged foreigners.

    The lifting of the siege was one of only several key instances where Indian troops left an unlikely mark on the course of Chinese history in the early twentieth century.

    This forgotten history of regiments from British India has been retraced by Colonel G. Jaishankar, who is currently serving as the Defence Attaché in the Indian Embassy in Beijing.

    “Our leaders have been talking about ancient historical and cultural links, but little is known about the far more recent history of Indian troops in China,” he said in Beijing on Wednesday, at a presentation on the history of Indian regiments in China.

    On August 4, 1900, a relief force of more than 3000 soldiers from Sikh and Punjabi regiments left Tianjin, part of the larger eight-nation alliance that was dispatched to aid the besieged quarter, where 11 countries had set up legations. Indian troops were also dispatched to guard churches and Christian missionaries, the targets of the Boxer uprisings.

    Among the Indians, there was sympathy for the Boxers, Colonel Jaishankar said. Gaddhar Singh, a Rajput who was in Beijing in 1900-01, empathised with Chinese grievances in his accounts, arguing it was an entirely justified peasant rebellion.

    The British also dispatched Indian regiments to China leading up towards the Opium War, which ended with the Treaty of Nanking in 1842 and the opening up of Chinese ports to the British.

    The British deployed Sikh soldiers as law enforcement officers in ports like Shanghai, where their trading companies had set up a large presence by the early twentieth century. The Sikh soldiers were feared by the Chinese with their imposing figures, so much so that the British deemed that they did not even need guns when on duty, Colonel Jaishankar said, citing records from the time.

    The history of Indian troops in China is one that is ignored in Chinese accounts, and is likely a sensitive legacy considering they were often deployed against the Chinese.

    It is, nevertheless, a shared history that both countries should remember, Colonel Jaishankar said. “We should not run away from history,” he said. “But we are too swamped with recent events to take an objective look.”

    Shared experiences

    There were also positive lessons to be remembered by both countries with shared colonial experiences, he stressed.

    An example is the Battle of Hong Kong during the Second World War, when Indian and Chinese troops fought together against the Japanese.

    The 585 Indians who lost their lives are still remembered today in Hong Kong’s war cemeteries.

    Another case in point was in 1994, when the Indian army returned a bell that was looted by British troops from Beijing’s Temple of Heaven when the city was ransacked by foreign troops following the Boxer Rebellion. The bell was later put up for display by the Chinese military.

    “The Battle of Hong Kong was a unique event,” Colonel Jaishankar said. “That was the first time in history,” he noted, “that Indian and Chinese troops fought on the same side.”

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    The Boxer Rebellion 1899-1901: Eight Nation Alliance and the Bloody Defeat of the Chinese Boxer 'Braves'

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    They do not count as Indians, if anything theyr're nothing more than some British payed mercenery coolie bastards. How dare they even think they represent Bharatvarsha or even The Hindu and this Colonel Jaishankar trying to portray them as such?? They do not form our history, just like british pirates do not form our history. These are all third rate chetta class races who should be shown their places in time. I'm ashamed of those Indians who faught against the Chinese for their just cause. And what are these people gloting about "walking through sewage tunnels", disguesting scum.
     
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    The Chinese Boxers fight was legitimate. They faught for their nation against the foreigners. They are heroes of their nations. These mercenary coolie bastards from our nation who the British hired along with the white pirates are the ones who should've been shot.
     
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    Yup, cherry pick the history when it suits you. So that you could get the narrative rite. They are indians like every other countrymen at that time. They fought for what they thought was right.
    If these soliders were bastard then who were Savarkar and the whole RSS brigade ? Biggest cunts of pre-Independence india? Who didn't participate in the freedom movement or anything it stands for.
     
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    The freedom movement was actually fought by the RSS, Navy, Bose INA, Indian Army and such entities and not by the congress, just like the genuine India Against Corruption/ Anti Blackmoney movement was actually led by Baba Ramev, but media and western coolie chose their pick Anna Hazare-Kejriwal as the poster boys. And defamation of the actual entities follow like RSS being credited for Gandhi assasination, Hindus being portrayed as Saffron Terrorists while muslims are portrayed as rebels/opressed.

    I have portrayed and given credit to people as per real events, the ones who have cherry picked history are our media and historians, and unfortunately everyone doesn't have the perception to understand the manipulation, so they fall victim and think the cherry picked version is the legitimate one, and doubts real exposes and events when it is shown to them. It is kind of like "first impression is the best impression", so "what you learned from your first trust authorities is the most trusted knowledge by you (without checking if these trust authorities are legitimate or not)".
     
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    RSS = Indian Navy = Indian National Army.

    :rofl:
     
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    RSS, Navy, INA, Indian Army.
     
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    Can you prove the connection of Navy, INA, Indian Army with RSS?

    Or you just bullshitting?
     
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    I think it is perfectly obvious what I wanted to say was that they were the elements who actually fought for overthrow of the foreign forces. Putting them in the same line doesn't suggest tahat I was implying they were working together. British overthrow was achieved by multiple factions fighting and not by any single entity.
    You are the one who's bullshitting.
     
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    LMAO.

    When RSS participated in overthrowing British from India?
     
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    How could you miss the glorious past of RSS.

     
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    The same person who asked Indians to help Brits in fighting WW2? While Churchill was causing a some what artificial famine in Bengal?
     
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    The one notorious 'made in India' product that had brought the mighty glorious Chinese empire to its knees:

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    Savarkar was a Chitpavan jew, Indians at that time could not do DNA tests so was fooled. His statements is not valid. I already exposed in my earlier posts that Savarkar, Chitpavans, etc were Jews.
     

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