dalsingh101 Posted December 2, 2011 Report Share Posted December 2, 2011 (edited) I read Dalrymple's 'The Last Mughal' recently and was kind of surprised at the general portrayal of Sikhs in it. Not very positive. Being a Moghulophile seems to have effected his opinion on apnay. Was also surprised to read of whitey's savage reprisals, given that they like to make themselves out to be so noble all the time. Interesting stuff. Anyway, thought I'd start a thread where we could drop contemporary quotes regarding Sikhs during the 'mutiny'. Enjoy: The Sikh soldiers had dreamt of carry away jewels and treasures that would make their families rich for ever.....General Wilson had promised that the plunder of the city should, when realized, be distributed to the army.......So guards were placed at all the gates, who seized everything that was attempted to be passed through [but] the Sikh soldiers were not easily foiled....They got their bullock wagons to be driven at night to the walls, and dropped their booty down to their friends below. Many women, too were seized and carried away by them. It was not till the spoils of Delhi were seen passing up the Punjab, that the news of its capture was fully believed in the great Musalman cities of the North West....[i believe the following statement refers to the acts of the British soldiers as opposed to Sikhs – dalsingh] Many of the citizens were shot, clasping their hands for mercy. It was know that a large portion had wished us well. Helplessness ought to be respected in either sex, especially in those who had never done us wrong. It is unmanly for an officer to drive his sword through a trembling old man, or a soldier to blow out the brains of a wounded boy, as to strike a women. A history of the siege of Delhi, Major William Ireland quoted in The last Mughal by W. Dalrymple A man of the 2nd Iregulars who showed the Sialkot Mutineers the ford had his 2 hands cut off, a bayonet run through his body and then hung; batches of prisoners with their hands tied are taken to the forest and the Sikhs let at them. Such cruelties must tell against us in the long run, and because these men have done the same to us.......is no reason we should emulate them. Kill them by all means by hanging and shooting the really guilty [but the innocent should be spared]. Diary of Colonel Edward L. Ommaney, entry for 21 July 1857, Umritsar. Edited December 2, 2011 by dalsingh101 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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