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Animal Labor and Colonial Warfare$
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James L. Hevia

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226562148

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226562315.001.0001

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Indian Army Reform and the Creation of a Permanent Transport Establishment

Indian Army Reform and the Creation of a Permanent Transport Establishment

(p.161) Chapter 6 Indian Army Reform and the Creation of a Permanent Transport Establishment
Animal Labor and Colonial Warfare

James L. Hevia

University of Chicago Press

This chapter reviews the inception of a new transport system in the Indian Army, one made up of permanent establishment, including a training regime for transport officers and animal handlers, and a robust reserve corps termed Silladar units. The new order was created after two transport committees in 1897-98 completed their findings on the problems with the existing system. They recommended a system made up of permanent units and a robust reserve called Silladar corps. In addition, they recommended tying land grants in the Indus River canal colonies to Grantee transport units. This system, with minor modifications, was inaugurated in the early twentieth century and furthered the militarization of the Northwest Frontier of British India.

Keywords:   Rawalpindi Transport Committee, Sanford Committee, Reserve Camel and Mule corps, Silladar Camel and Mule Corps, Grantee Corps, canal colonies, militarization, camel and mule land grants

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