The Indian Contingent by Ghee Bowman - Review

 Dunkirk is a term that brings to might marching soldiers and flying shells. The historical event depicted over the years has the fictional and real representation of the injustice against the soldiers. But little has been written about the forgotten folks from India. The Muslim soldiers were key to the war. The picture that comes to us is etched by the Dunkirk movie but the reality is deeper than we see on the periphery. 



The backstory of Dunkirk

Ghee Bowman, through this groundbreaking piece of literature, The Indian Contingent, goes deep into the backstory of each soldier. The book is endearing at different levels. It tells about an unimaginable time when there was no Pakistan, Afghanistan, or Bangladesh. All were Indians who ventured to fight for the colonial power that smothered their freedom. As contradictory as it sounds, the far-fetched impact of these men in our freedom struggle is also unheard of.

The real-life witnesses

If we try to draw a parallel to the Dunkirk movie through this book we would realize that the contribution of the Indian soldiers is unaccounted for. It is a relief to know that some of the family members received a reprieve when they finally found out about the graves of their loved ones. On the other hand, it is heartbreaking to see that some of the members were not even accounted among the dead bodies that are buried. 

The warriors that spread love

It is a proud moment for us to see how our warriors spread positivity amongst the despair with their indigenous music. Another endearing fact is how our men surprised the Britishers by breaking their prejudice about caste fanaticism in India. The tale is also about perseverance, how they survived the gravest circumstances and extreme weather. Right from their ways of contacting the family to finding means of food, the author has explained everything. This is indeed a textbook on Indian soldiers in Dunkirk
The book is a riveting tribute to these unsung heroes. It is frustrating to learn that they were not even provided the burial that they deserve. What did they go through during the war? How were their basic necessities met? So many questions! The author has the answer to all. 
An impeccably researched milestone in the historical literature genre.

Comments

  1. Glad to know that this book offers tribute to the unsung heroes who contributed towards penning the golden history of India. I will recommend this to my mom as she remained teacher of modern
    history

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  2. That sounds like an interesting book. I like to know about bravehearts for they are so inspirational. While wars have their sad parts with loss of life, the ability to give up everything for your land is such an unparalleled act of heroism.

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  3. The plot of this book seems really inspiring. we have many unsung heroes in our country that did not get recognition that they deserve for their sacrifices. soldiers are among one of them, this book seems a honest effort to pay a tribute to their sacrificing journey. thanks dear for sharing your honest review.

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  4. Sounds like the kind of book I would read. Thank you for taking the time to present it and I look forward to many more reviews on this blog.

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  5. The Bravery and sacrifice of the soldiers in the armed forces don't get deserved recognition. A book that pays tribute to these brave hearts is something that I can never miss reading. Thank you for sharing....

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  6. This is a very informed book taking an alternate look at a history we all know well. The narrative flows well and keeps you engaged throughout. Hopefully more of these texts attain the wider readership they deserve.

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  7. Soldiers are the most unsung heroes of our society. And an alternative look at the history that we already is essential. Glad that you shared about this book.

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  8. So glad about the subject matter of this book. It's so important to learn about our unsung heroes. My dad's gonna love this book. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. This book sounds very much needed and important to highlight the real heroes and honour them and give the recognition they deserve. Thanks for sharing this and your detailed review of the book.

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  10. This sounds an interesting book about bravery of real heroes. Thanks for reviewing this book. Really want to read this after your review.

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  11. Wow I really had no idea that our soldiers were part of the battle at Dunkirk. Sounds like a very promising book.

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  12. This book sounds really great . Soldiers are our real heros and they deserve right recognising and respect. Very nice book.

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  13. That sounds like an interesting book. I always love to know about our soldiers and they deserve reconignation. Thanks for your suggesation. Must pick it up . Thank you.

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  14. A book dedicated to the biggest unsung heroes in our country, our soldiers, who make sure that we sleep peacefully while they protect us.

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