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Indian army soldier

That they should make war, in the trenches of Flanders, on the rocks of Gallipoli, amongst the sands of Egypt or Palestine, all these Hindu soldiers seem admirable to us. The supple elegance of their gait, their proud poise under the bulky turban, their smooth skin, like magnificent bronze statues in the making. But, contrasting with their martial allure, their immense eyes reminiscent of their country's antelopes. No fear, no weakness however was passing in those beautiful oriental eyes; the indian regiments have fought with a heroism which cannot be denied. And how can we forget that it is they, Brahmins (see in Wikipedia) and Muslims, who under the flag of protestant England have given back to Christianity the sacred ground of the Holy Sepulchre?