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Indian Studies through Comprehensive Structural Studies

The 36th Colloquium

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Hankuk University of Foreign Studies Institute of Indian Studies HK+ Team hosted the 36th colloquium on the topic "Realization of Colonialism through Military Hospitals" on Monday, October 25th.

 

In this colloquium, the speaker explained that even though many Indian soldiers participated in the war during World War I, they disappeared from history and were only used for propaganda by colonialists, similar to patterns of Japan or Britain. The speaker conducted the research with the intention of leaving historical records of Indian people who were persecuted. It is also emphasized that it was not only between Britain and India but also between Korea and Japan.

 

Indian soldiers who participated in World War I totaled 1.3 million (74,000 deaths) and were sent to the battlefields of the Expeditionary Force A: France-Belgian, Expeditionary Force B, C: East Africa, Expeditionary Force D: Mesopotamia. For the wounded, the British established the Lady Hardinge Hospital, Royal Pavilion Hospital, and Kitchener Hospital, but these were used as a propaganda for justifying the colonial government. Thus, Indian soldiers were not treated properly in consideration of religion, caste, and diet; letters were censored, and they were banned from meeting local women. In addition, Indian soldiers suffered from post-trauma and emotional aftereffects were disparaged by the theory that Indians were not suitable for the war, and the Indians could not purchase the duralumin artificial limbs due to expensive prices and cheap military salaries.

 

In this way, despite the fact that Indian soldiers made British war victory, the colonists did not give them the right compensation, but rather used them for propaganda to justify colonial government. This fact also gives an opportunity to reflect the situation of Korea which also had colonial experience in the early 20th century.

 

 

Over 20 participants made this online event successful.