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‘Death holds no fear for us’: A Sikh soldier’s insights into the horrors of World War I

The beauty of the Jangnamah narrative is that it reveals the soldiers’ courage in its most naked form, celebrating their...

Nand Singh, an Indian poet and soldier who witnessed World War I fighting under the British in Aden, opens his Jangnamah Europe verse with the assassination of the Shehzada of the Austro-Hungarian Empire by the Serbians. His poem then goes on to talk about the events which led to the German invasion of Belgium and how “the compassionate British Government, stood with Belgium and France against the arrogant Germany who broke all the agreements”.