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Lascars, Maharajah Duleep Singh and Maharani Sophia


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Been reading Anita Anand's book on Sophia, who was Maharajah Ranjit Singh's granddaughter. Here's an interesting excerpt regarding the treatment of lascars, who were essentially hired sailors, many of whom came from Panjab. It's interesting to note how M. Duleep Singh, who is commonly characterised as some hedonistic fool in white literature, tried to help these very ill-treated people by opening a refuge in east London (before the anglo establishment attacked him), and how his daughter subsequently did so much for these people too:








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The only difference from what I read above, in comparison to slave ships from Africa, is that the goray didn't have women to rape on the ships. 

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