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Elleke Boehmer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198744184

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744184.001.0001

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Coda—Indian Salients

Coda—Indian Salients

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Indian Arrivals 1870–1915

Elleke Boehmer

Oxford University Press

The Coda, ‘Indian Salients’, touches briefly on three paradigmatic Indian–British 1910s ‘scenes’, one mathematical, one military, and one poetic. It observes how, at around the same time as the Indian mathematician Ramanujan began collaborating in Cambridge with his British counterpart G. H. Hardy, just before the beginning of the 1914–1918 war, Indian sepoys or troops at Ypres and Neuve-Chapelle on the Western Front helped to hold this crucial salient for the Allies. Finally, when Wilfred Owen was killed in the final days of the First World War, a poem from Rabindranath Tagore’s 1912 Gitanjali was found in the breast pocket of the uniform he had been wearing. Taken together, the vignettes of these arrivals powerfully signify how intimately Indian knowledge and awareness had been incorporated into the heart of the empire.

Keywords:   1914–1918 war, arrivals, Indian sepoys, poetic, Rabindranath Tagore, Western Front, Wilfred Owen

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