Mewar Bhil Corps [on parade]
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Mewar Bhil Corps from the 'Reading Collection: Views of Udaipur taken by an unknown photographer c.1910. The photograph is part of an album containing architectural and topographical views of sites in Rajasthan, mainly of Udaipur, originally in the collection of Rufus Daniel Isaacs, Lord Reading, who served as Viceroy of India (1921-1926).
The corps was a special force established in 1837 to control lawlessness and disorder in Mewar caused by the Bhils, an indigenous tribal race. It was proposed by Col James Outram, the Political Agent of Mahikanta, and consisted of Bhil tribesmen under the command of a British officer. A previous corps of native infantry had been unequal to the task but the Bhil Corps proved successful. The corps was ultimately funded and administered by the British Army. It remained a regular unit of the Indian Army until 1938 but was transferred to the Rajasthan Police in 1950. This view shows the corps on parade with artillery in the background and a fort on the skyline.