Indian Army After Independence

Lancer Publishers LLC
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Lancer Publishers LLC
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This is an account of the operations of the British Forces under Major-General Sir Hugh Rose, from the suppression of the mutiny in Arungabad, some 180 miles east of Bombay to the capture of Gwalior from the rebels and the reinstatement of the Maharajah. The author was Medical Officer to the Corps of Madras Sappers and Miners, and when his story begins, on 31st May 1857, he has just arrived in Bombay with 'B' Company from operations in Persia with orders to return to its own Presidency. But the Indian Mutiny had broken out that month, the move was cancelled and the company seconded to the Bombay Army (the Mutiny was largely confined to the Bengal Army and had little impact on the troops of the Bombay and Madras Presidencies who for the most part remained loyal). The company joined the force which had just recaptured Arungabad from the mutineers and the first thing Lowe witnessed was the execution of mutineers, one of them blown from from a gun. After two had been shot - The third was then tied to the muzzle of the gun blindfolded. Fire! and in an instant he was blown to atoms. His head flew up into the air some thirty or forty feet - an arm yonder, another yonder, while the gory, reeking trunk fell in a heap beneath the gun. From such an unpleasant start we follow Sir Hugh Rose's campaign through Central India and his battles to its conclusion in June 1858 - summary executions following successful encounters with the mutineers. In one case 76 of them were lined up, blindfolded and shot from a range of six feet, in another 149 were dispatched in one long line. The Indian Mutiny was characterized by the savagery displayed on both sides.
South Asia has been the setting for some of the century's most violent invasions, the Western world's bloodiest defeats, and a volatile geopolitical brew of religions, ethnicities, and nationalism that sends unsettling ripples through the global balance of power even today. Rob Johnson writes here the engrossing history of the individual conflicts that have engulfed the states of South Asia during the last half century.

A Region in Turmoil offers a new perspective on the area, drawing together the conflicts of South Asia and examining them in local and global contexts, from the end of the Western colonial empires through today's global efforts to combat terrorism. Johnson's incisive analysis breaks down the historical and political roots of the conflicts and departs from traditional Western-centric paradigms to reveal heretofore overlooked South Asian viewpoints on the conflicts and connections among the wars. He probes the causes, contexts, and conclusions of the conflicts, ranging from the enduring insurgency in Myanmar to the struggle of the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, the unrest in the Punjab and Assam states, the Bangladeshi war of independence, and the intractable struggles in Kashmir and Afghanistan.

The twenty-first century opened with South Asia front and center on a turbulent political stage: the region is not only the designated frontline for the "war on terror" but also home to the newest nuclear powers, India and Pakistan. A Region in Turmoil addresses this critical contemporary crisis with an invaluable analysis of the region and its complex history, making it essential reading for historians, policymakers, and anyone who reads the front page of the daily newspaper.
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