Edges of Empire

KNW 2399: Edges of Empire

Indian Soldiers


In the photo, Indian Soldiers, photographed by Lala Deen Dayal, one sees a group of nineteen Indian soldiers waiting in front of a wall. Every one of these men are dressed in the same uniform in an organized fashion. The systematized nature of the men combined with their proximity to one another implies that they are a close-knit group who has been together for an extended period of time. The men appear as though they are about to go off and fight; their facial expressions look both determined and somewhat anxious. One man is standing in front of the group looking off in the distance with a contemplative facial expression. Through him standing in front of these men, it is possible that he is the captain of the squadron. This photograph brings to mind two questions: what motivated these men to fight and are what are they fighting for?

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