The Sepoy is a comprehensive account of some of the greatest Indian sepoys or soldiers who have over the years given the Indian Army their extensive support and dedication. It is a true tribute to the traditions of the Gorkhas, the Sikhs, the Punjabi Mussalmans the Dogras among others. This book offers readers a collective analysis of the socio-political settings of the British Empire and also tracks the formation of the Indian Army.
Edmund Candler (1874-1926) was an English journalist, novelist, and educator notable for his literary depictions of colonial India.
ALL these sketches, except " The Sikh " and " The Drabi," were written in Mesopotamia. My aim has been, without going too deeply into origins and antecedents, to give as accurate a picture as possible of the different classes of sepoy. In Mesopotamia I met all the sixteen types included in this volume, some for the first time. My acquaintance with them was at first hand. But neither sympathy nor observation can initiate the outsider into the psychology of the Indian soldier ; or at least he cannot be certain of his ground. One must be a regimental officer to understand the sepoy, and then as a rule one only knows the particular type one commands.
Therefore, to avoid mistakes and misconceptions, everything that I have set down has been submitted to authority, and embodies the opinion of officers best qualified to judge-that is to say, of officers who have passed the best part of their lives with the men concerned. Even so I have no doubt that passages will be found that are open to dispute. Authorities disagree ; estimates must vary, especially with regard to the relative worth of different classes ; and one must always bear in mind that every company officer who is worth his salt is persuaded that there are no men like his own. It is a pleasing trait and an essential one. For it is the sworn confraternity between the British and Indian officer, and the strong tie that binds the sepoy to his Sahib which have given the Indian Army its traditions and prestige .
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