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The British lie quietly in Meerut

May 9, 2007
'Woh daur kuch aur tha, Aaj kuch aur hai, Duniya adalti badalti rehti hai' (Those were different times; today is a different time. The world keeps changing). The words come not from a philosopher or poet, but from a man called Robert Robinson, entrusted to protect the graves of British citizens and soldiers who died during the mutiny of 1857.

In his mid-50s, Robinson, caretaker of St John's Cemetery near the Cant area of Meerut, lives all alone. He has only the graves for company.
Image: Robert Robinson at St John Cemetry, Meerut.

Text: Syed Firdaus Ashraf
Photographs: Dominic Xavier

Also see: What was 'the bitterest result of 1857'?

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