Since its inception in British India in 1919, the Ismaili Volunteer Corps (IVC) has grown from modest beginnings to an international body dedicated to serve the Ismaili Muslim community, its Imam and the wider societies it is part of, with discipline and humility. In its 93-year history, Ismaili volunteers have not only been an important and essential part of community activities they have also assisted and served a range of government and civil society institutions from sports and religion to education and health. Younger members also served through the aegis of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides. Te following photo essay helps to visualize their early history through images from Ismaili magazines published in Bombay from the mid-1920s to the mid-1930s.
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