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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.
Sepoy Mahesha PN was part of batallion's football team.
Sepoy Rama Moorthy N had joined the battalion only seven years ago and in the short span had made his mark as a courageous and hardworking soldier.
According to new amended rules a sepoy now works in pay scale-V, lance naik in scale VI, naik in scale VIII, havaldar in scale IX, naib subedar in XI, subedar in XIII and subedar major works in pay scale XVI.
They said at present, a Levies sepoy drew Rs12,000 to Rs14,000 per month while subedar major, the high ranking officer next to the commandant, got Rs25,000 which was equal to the pay of a police constable.
The Indian sepoy has been viewed sociologically before now, as in David Omissi's The Sepoy and the Raj, but the British soldier, "Tommy Atkins" has remained the figure of Kipling's fiction.
The Sepoy Mutiny brought an end to the governance of India by the East India Company and resulted in its assumption by the Crown.
Finally, she emphasizes religion as the unifying factor for the sepoys, claiming that Hindus and Muslims put aside their differences in a joint effort to drive the Christians out of India.
By most reports an indolent and pleasure-loving man of equable temperament, Nana apparently sided with the rebellious sepoys out of pique; in any event he was only a mediocre commander, who never really exercised control at Cawnpore; for many years after his presumed death, the British authorities were plagued by erroneous reports of his capture.
The first architectural casualty in the fight between the sepoys and the British was the Macchhi Bhavan ( Fish Palace; the Nawabs' coat of arms/ flag featured fish).
We have initiated a reform programme under which no promotion will be made of Sepoy to SP rank unless they take promotion courses," he added.
Due to bravery and extraordinary performance of two Levies Sepoys namely Sepoy Ghulam Qadir and Sepoy Abdul Majeed, no untoward incident occurred.