SIKHS EXCEEDED ALL OTHER GROUPS IN INFANTRY IN FIRST WORLD WAR - MUCH CROCODILES TEARS ARE SHED IN BRITAIN ABOUT SIKHS SACRIFICES IN WW1 BUT NOT A SINGLE SIKH WAS AWARDED A VC IN WW 1 ? THIS ASPECT OF HISTORY HAS BEEN TOTALLY WHITEWASHED ? ONLY ORAL HISTORY EXISTS ! THIS SCRIBES GRANDFATHERS BROTHER JOINED BRITISH POLICE IN ABOUT 1918 AND RETIRED AS A SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE IN 1944 -HE ALSO SERVED ON VARIOUS INTELLIGENCE ASSIGNMENT -HIS VIEW WAS THAT DUE TO INTENSE POLITICAL ACTIVITY STARTING FROM ABOUT 1907- SIKHS HAD FORMED GHADDAR PARTY IN USA AND CANADA AND LAUNCHED A MAJOR MOVEMENT IN 1907 AGAINST TAXES KNOWN AS PUGG SAMBHAL OAY JATTA — SIKHS WERE SEEN AS A POLITICAL THREAT BY BRITISH -THIS PERCEPTION REACHED ITS HIGHEST POINT WHEN SIKHS PLANNED TO SEIZE LAHORE IN 1915 IN A REBELLION IN THIS SCRIBES REGIMENTS PREDEDESSOR REGIMENT 23 CAVALRY-THEY WERE RATTED OUT BY THE MORE LOYAL THAN THE KING MUSLIM RISALDAR MAJOR HISSAMUDDIN AND THE PLANNED REBELLION CRUSHED WITH 200 SIKHS ARRESTED IN 23 CAVALRY AND 11 TRIED AND HANGED INCLUDING ONE PUNJABI MUSLIM - HISSAMUDDIN SON OF FAMOUS SARDAR ASLAM KHAN FIRST COMMANDANT OF KHYBER RIFLES AND FROM AFGHAN ROYAL FAMILY WAS PROMOTED OFFICER BY THE GRATEFUL BRITISH ! THE REAL QUESTION NOT ASKED BY ANY HISTORIAN IS THAT ALTHOUGH THE SIKHS RENDERED HIGHEST SACRIFICES IN WW1 AND WERE HIGHEST NUMBERS IN INFANTRY AND CAVALRY THEY WERE REDUCED FROM FIRST POSITION IN 1914 to THIRD POSITION IN INFANTRY AND PUNJABI MUSLIMS WERE REWARDED AND TAKEN FROM THIRD POSITION IN INFANTRY TO FIRST POSITION FOR BEING MORE LOYAL THAN THE KING ! THE GURKHAS WERE ALSO INCREASED TO SECOND POSITION OVER AND ABOVE SIKHS - THE FIRST SIKH TO BE AWARDED VC WAS ONLY IN 1921 IN WAZIRISTAN -
VCOS OF KING GEORGES OWN 14TH SIKHS (FEROZPUR BATTALION) -AN OUTSTANDING ALL SIKH BATTALION- PUNJABI MUSLIMS WERE ONLY INTRODUCED AFTER 1921-AS SIKHS HAD LED INDIA IN DEFIANCE OF THE BRITISH EVEN IN THE ARMY- TILL 1921 SIKHS EXCEEDED ALL OTHER ETHNICITY OR GROUP IN THEIR PERCENTAGE IN INFANTRY-IN 1914 THERE WERE ABOUT 220 SIKH COMPANIES IN INFANTRY AND PIONEERS ,GURKHAS SECOND AT 161 COMPANIES,WHEREAS PUNJABI MUSLIMS STOOD AT ABOUT 125 –PATHANS AT 74-HOWEVER AFTER FIRST WORLD WAR SIKH AND PATHAN PERCENTAGE WAS SEVERELY REDUCED DUE TO BRITISH POLITICAL FEARS- THUS AFTER 1921 PUNJABI MUSLIMS LED THE INFANTRY WITH ABOUT 109 COMPANIES FOLLOWED BY GURKHAS AT 81 AND SIKHS AT 68
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Political Consequences of First World War on British Indian Armys Class Composition and myths about class composition Paperback – December 5, 2019
This short book deals with political consequences of soldiers from various ethnicities on the recruitment policy of the British in India.This scribe is of the view that political loyalty was the ultimate factor in British recruitment policy in India starting from 1858.This book deals with First World War in particular.We will start by examining each infantry unit of the British Army in 1914 and post first world war.Firstly there are nonsense myths that have been repeated and persist.Major General Fazal Muqeem Khan of Pakistan Army fallaciously claimed that there were no all Muslim units in British Indian Army.This was totally false. There were many all Muslim units between 1890 and 1914 and some till 1947.What Fazal Muqeem was trying to imply was that Muslims were regarded as most dangerous and untrustworthy by the British.Interestingly the opposite is true. For example Sikhs dominated fighting arms like infantry as late as end of first world war but were reduced after 1918 as they exhibited politically defiant anti British behavior in some units in first world war.On the other hand Punjabi Muslim were most loyal in first world war and thus Punjabi Muslims quota in infantry was increased and exceeded Sikh quota only after first world war ended.This was not due to any fighting qualities but pure political loyalty.Such was British mistrust of Sikhs that all Sikh units were mixed with Punjabi Muslim companies.Two Pakistani origin authors are in lead in holding Guinness book records of making false claims .Thus Major General Shaukat Riza on page-101 of Pakistan Army-1947-1949 published in 1989 makes an absolutely false and unsubstantiated claim that “In 1939 about 70 % of the rank and file of Indian Army was from Muslim tribes” . Shuja Nawaz on page-3 of his book “Crossed Swords” falsely claims that Punjabi Muslims dominated British Indian Army.Thus makes the factually false claim that “Punjabi Mussulmans dominated recruitment during British period”.The correct position was from 1757 till 1885 the British Indian Army was Hindustani majority.From 1885 till 1921 Sikhs were in the highest numbers in infantry , the main fighting arm of the British Indian Army.Kaushik Roy in an article in Journal of Military History of USA makes a false and unsubstantiated assertion that Muslims were 45 % of the Bengal Army that rebelled in 1857.