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Jun
11
comment How severe was the 1943 Bengal Famine?
I disagree with you on Churchill's animus towards the Indians. Even before the war had begun, Churchill had opposed Gandhi's meeting with the British king, calling him a "half-naked fakir". He called the Indian National Congress, India's premier nationalist party (and India's current ruling party), a gathering of Bramhins (India's upper caste). These comments were made by him much before the war had begun. If anything, his attitude seems to have mellowed after the war (perhaps out of pragmatism).
Jun
11
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May
6
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May
6
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
17
comment Was India's independence inevitable after Cripps Mission?
I understand that the Cripps Mission was not inevitable. But many historians claim that independence within a generation became inevitable when Cripps made the offer. How much is this based on reality?
Mar
16
awarded  Talkative
Mar
15
comment Why was the movement for Austro-German unity less successful than that of Italian unity?
@Drux Did not know about the Swiss bit. Thanks for pointing that out.
Mar
15
comment Why was the movement for Austro-German unity less successful than that of Italian unity?
@Drux According to Wikipedia, the Freedom Party of Austria had many people who claimed to be German nationalists, but the party was never able to attract a large number of votes using this plank. I was referring to their effort.
Mar
15
comment Why was the movement for Austro-German unity less successful than that of Italian unity?
@Drux Simply because the democratic forces are very sensitive to public opinion before waging war, and the people of the Western Allies would surely not support force (just as they accepted unification of East Germany despite the opposition of UK and France).
Mar
7
comment Why M.K. Gandhi preferred Nehru for Prime Minister candidate and not Sardar Patel?
@FelixGoldberg Someone has added a source, and I will let that remain for now. But I would like a better source (maybe some biography of Patel or history of Indian National Congress). I had first heard this mainly from leaders of India's opposition party, who seem to admire Patel more nowadays than the Congress.
Mar
4
answered Why M.K. Gandhi preferred Nehru for Prime Minister candidate and not Sardar Patel?
Feb
26
comment Why and how did some Germans choose to join the Stasi (Staatssicherheit)?
@FelixGoldberg I am not sure on this, but one thing that I have heard is that the Stasi's agents were also very closely monitored and spied upon. I do not think the Stasi was a force for good, but this could be a reason why its agents did not enjoy impunity.
Feb
26
comment Why and how did some Germans choose to join the Stasi (Staatssicherheit)?
@gerrit While it is true that the idea of banality of evil was developed while the studying the Nazis, the writer had argued that it could explain many other things. So, I do think that the given explanation is a plausible one. In my humble opinion, simply giving the same cause does not mean comparing the scale of human suffering and loss in the two cases.
Feb
18
asked Was India's independence inevitable after Cripps Mission?
Feb
14
awarded  Scholar
Feb
14
comment Was it impossible for the Germans to arrange a plane to East Asia for Subhas Bose?
@jwenting Then how did the diplomatic staff of the Allied powers travel?
Feb
14
accepted Was it impossible for the Germans to arrange a plane to East Asia for Subhas Bose?
Feb
13
asked Was it impossible for the Germans to arrange a plane to East Asia for Subhas Bose?
Feb
13
comment Did Hitler really support Subhash Chandra Bose's cause and did he do anything to help Bose?
Thank you for giving a German perspective. It is true that Bose was allotted a generous amount of money. After all, for much of the time, members of the Indian Legion were paid from his personal allowance. Since you have read something on this, I am asking a related question (on Bose's submarine journey), and I would be grateful if you could answer.
Feb
11
comment Did Hitler really support Subhash Chandra Bose's cause and did he do anything to help Bose?
@Anixx I guess the definition of a "puppet state" differs among people, but very few believed then that France, if liberated with the help of de Gaulle, would be ruled by the British or Americans. That is what I meant by saying that it was not a puppet state.