Gurgaon men made history in the Singapore War
By making place among first mutineers of World War 1, young men mostly from villages of Gurgaon, Meham, Hisar, and Rohtak districts made everyone proud. The Singapore war left an indelible mark on India's freedom struggle, which started on February 15, 1915.
Significantly, Muslim soldiers played an important role in leading
Singapore Mutiny under British army's 5th light infantry brigade. It
has come to light that young men from Gurgaon were part of the
mutiny, which contributed to India's independence.
As per world
observation, the sacrifice of these soldiers has been
all but forgotten because most of the soldiers moved to Pakistan
after partition. In Singapore, the brigade was made by Rajput Muslims
and Pathans, who were sent to replace the Yorkshire Light Infantry
from Madras. They reached there in October 1914 and were to leave for
Hong Kong in February. Following the embark day, there was rumor of
sending them to Turkey to fight Muslims there.
Author Sho Khajima in his book "The Mutiny in Singapore"
has argued that the mutiny not only caught the British off-guard but
also shook the foundation of British rule in Singapore and forced the
British to reconsider their strategy in Asia.
As per TOI report, "The mutiny had a great impact on India's
freedom struggle. Freedom fighters, including Ghadarites were
vindicated when finally in 1946, the British decided to leave
following the naval revolt of February 19, 1946. They felt that their
protective shield, the armed forces, had itself turned against them,"
said historian Malwinder Jit Singh Waraich.
According to Phul Chand Jain's Swatantarta Sainik Granth Mala, six
soldiers from Hisar and Gurgaon were executed openly. Most of these
people belonged to Jamalpur, Paten, Balyali, Kirawad and Balliya Ali
in Hisar; Jatusana, Karmpur and Kheri Nangal in Gurgaon; Garhi and
Kani in Rohtak.
Documentary filmmaker Daljit Ami says, "These villages were
gripped by violence of Partition, so, there is not much trace of
their memories now.''
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