Ricksha coolie’s ferocious oppressor. Tuesday, Apr 23 2013 

The oppressed rickha ‘coolie’ plying his humble vehicle in the Far East colonies of Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai was tasked with monthly inspection British law. The inspection would be for renewing his ricksha license which invariably was conducted by a Sikh policeman imported from India. The Sikh policeman was considered to be unbearably harsh and aggressive, liberally using his truncheon, damaging the ricksha and hurting even the ‘coolie’. The ricksha laborer’s livelihood was dependent on operating the ricksha and hence loss of earnings was naturally attributed to the much detested British Sikh bobby. Many western onlookers and passengers have narrated in their travelogues and accounts of the plight of the puny ricksha coolies at the hands of the towering Sikhs who used excessive violence and brute force.

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1910 Singapore

Even in present times the caricatures of the Sikh policeman in popular Chinese culture continue, symbolizing the humiliating past and the cruel face of imperialism.

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Hong Kong Constabulary Friday, Apr 19 2013 

Hong Kong Constabulary

In front of Central Police station. source: internet.

British Pathe video of Indian troops heading to China Thursday, Mar 28 2013 

British Troops to China

Britain’s Gateway To Troubled China 1932

“Hong Kong. Britain’s gateway to troubled China. Loyal Indian Troops impress natives with magnificent spectacle of military precision and discipline.”

Newly baptized Hong Kong Sikh heads to USA in 1969 Monday, Mar 11 2013 

Newly baptized Hong Kong Sikh heads to USA in 1969

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