"Let us win, and then you will be free. India will be free. Thats what they said in those days.

Once people were enlisted, the British seperated Muslims and Sikhs and Hindus. They separated them from each other. I don't know why, but this was British policy."

Mohammad Hayat, 1990
This film was shot in Sonopat, eastern Punjab in November 1941 by The March of Time. Shown speaking is Sir Sikander Hayat Khan, Chief Minister of the province. He played an important role in the enlistment of a million Punjabis during World War II.

Mohammad Hayat is from a village 30 miles outside Rawalpindi.

The French postcard of Sikh Soldiers is from World War I.


© Harappa 1999