Indians Essential to the British Army


The British empire in India was administered locally by Indians from a wide variety of castes and communities. Aware of religious sensitivities, the British made some attempt to provide a Hindu diet for the army and made arrangements to acknowledge Hindu festivals. This image shows a Hindu priest garlanding the flags of the 35th Bengal Light Infantry at a 'Presentation of Colours' ceremony.

British Library (India Office) Add. Or 741 (c.1843-1858)
By permission of The British Library

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