The truth is that our Indian Soldiers had a double burden to bear. In addition to years of brutal treatment, semi-starvation and disease from which all prisoners of the Japanese suffered, they had to contend with prolonged attacks on their loyalty by persecution and persistent insidious propaganda. When continued unchallenged for years on end this must have had a telling effect, for how could they fail to feel that perhaps after all the British Raj was finished? Even for the unconvinced but fainthearted it must have been a temptation to salve the conscience with the excuse of duress. . . . thousands of loyal Indian soldiers stood firm. For some reason their story has never been fully told . . . Their loyalty to their salt under such conditions is something for which no praise can be too high.1