Prisoners of Tsavo

An Account of Persecution and Survival in Colonial Africa

by Lalchand Sharma & Vishva Bandhu Lalchand Sharma



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/13/2019

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 284
ISBN : 9781489716156
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 284
ISBN : 9781489716163
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 284
ISBN : 9781489716149

About the Book

Lalchand Sharma—on the surface—may seem like a regular man from a poor, rural area of British India. But look a little closer, and you will see someone with an indomitable spirit who refused to try saving his own life by giving false evidence during a trial near Tsavo, Kenya, against fellow Indians. This was when, partly to explain their defeat at the hands of vastly outnumbered German forces during the Africa campaign of World War I, the British made scapegoats out of innocent Indians. At the same time, the British were afraid that the Ghadar movement (an Indian freedom struggle) would spread to East Africa. In this autobiography, edited and set in its historical, geographical, and cultural context by the author’s son, readers will discover the manner in which the Indian and Kenyan freedom struggles coalesced. The author also examines two paradigm shifts that played out in the cultural integration of Indians in the larger Kenya nation. Learn about a fascinating and largely ignored piece of history, and find out how the author escaped execution while others died in Prisoners of Tsavo.

About the Author

Lalchand Sharma was a school dropout from Punjab, India, who went to Kenya to make a future. He escaped execution even though three other innocent Indians were executed—partly as scapegoats for World War I British defeats at the hands of German forces. After being imprisoned with Mombasa’s Indian leadership, he renewed his education. He was ultimately found innocent of any wrongdoing and went on to be a law clerk, shopkeeper, and industrialist. Vishva Bandhu Lalchand Sharma, edited his father’s autobiography and set it in its historical, geographical, and cultural context.