Letters of Marque
Notes by Brigadier A. Mason, M.C., R.E. for the ORG, with minor additions and amendments by David Page.
[Oct 11 2011]
Touching the Children of the Sun and their City; and the Hat-marked Caste and their Merits; and a Good Man’s Works in the Wilderness
"Surely no land on globe has suffered so much from invasion as Hindustan. There is one cry of terror which from time immemorial has echoed out over Northern India. ‘The Toork! The Toork!’ rises the cry and in an instant jewels are torn off and hidden and with a wild prayer to some god for protection, the ultimate atom of India awaits destruction or dishonour or death in apathetic despair. It must have needed a bitter biting to have engraven this fear so indelibly on the Hindu heart." [DP][Page 54, line 18] Huldighat the pass of Haldighat near Gogunda. Rana Pratap had a tough time fighting the Mughals with no capital and with his neighbouring chiefs allying with the Mughals. In April 1576, the Mughals led by Man Singh of Amber and Asaf Khan invaded Mewar and a battle at the pass of Haldighat near Gogunda was fought. Rana Pratap was defeated and managed to escape to the hills, with his devoted chief Jhala taking over the charge as Rana Pratap. Rana Pratap continued the wars and recovered most of the territories before he died in 1597. His son Amar Singh took over from his father and continued fighting for the territories and finally was defeated by Man Singh in 1599. After that Akbar did not undertake any invasion of Mewar due to his illness. [DP]
...perhaps, the strangest of the many strange races in India...The races whom we call natives of the country found the Bhil in possession of the land when they first broke into that part of the world thousands of years ago. The books call them Pre-Aryan, Aboriginal, Dravidian and so forth; and in other words that is what the Bhil call themselves. When a Rajput chief, whose bards can sing his pedigree backwards for twelve hundred years, is set on the throne, his investiture is not complete until he has been marked on the forehead with blood from the veins of a Bhil...the Bhil knows that it is the last shadow of his old rights as the long-ago owner of the soil.[Page 57, line 15] Zulu one of the great tribes of Southern Africa – perhaps the most warlike. Here it suggests a primitive civilization.