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sepoy

A deprecating term for the pool of migrant doctors who formed a cadre of indentured labour, primarily from South Asia. These doctors were necessary for NHS operations, and provided a largel labour pool which occupied the lower rungs of a pyramidal medical hierarchy, which ensured that UK doctors at the apex had little competition in the much limited (post-NHS) private sector. Overseas qualified doctors were provided training in the NHS in return for meeting the population’s health service requirements, but were systematically disadvantaged in terms of access to jobs, career mobility, places of employment and specialties they could choose.

Etymology
Sepoys were soldiers at the private level who were recruited from native populations of the Indian subcontinent, Pakistan and Bangladesh by European powers, thus were natives serving a foreigh master. Sepoys served in English armies in particular, but also in French and Portuguese armies.
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Sacrifices of Second Lieutenant Abdul Moeed and Sepoy Basharat would not go waste and security forces action would continue to taking terrorists to task.
The communication between the British officers further reveals this fear, telling that despite their might and power the rebellion by the sepoys was no small matter and had worried Britons deeply.
The engravings show the sepoys full of force despite in small numbers.
The images employed are from a two-part volume, entitled 'The History of the Indian Mutiny,' giving a detailed account of the sepoy movement in India.
The rebellion had started with Indian sepoy attacks in Meerut and wildfire insurrections which followed throughout much of northern and central India.
Sepoys, Atta-ur-Rehman and Imran Ali were martyred during a search operation in South Waziristan as Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad continues across the country.
In 1857, when the sepoys at Meerut refused to use the cartridges, they were flogged and sentenced to 10 years of hard labour.
When the 35th BNI was disarmed in Lahore, some of its sepoys went to Sialkot to warn Bheg's regiment that the British were coming to disarm them next, and if they showed any resistance, harsh punishment would follow.
Though many opportunities presented [themselves], sepoys did not take part in any such thing.'
The brave sepoys made their last stand on the lonely island of Trimmu Ghat in the river Ravi.