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reviewed Excellent Absolute rulers who voluntarily resigned their power
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comment Military intervention in government in India and Pakistan
Yes, since India was the legal successor state of the British raj, almost all the military institutions (along with the British army chief) were directly inherited by India. Pakistan did not get this, just because they did not get the most important military structures and people in their territory.
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answered What was Gandhi's post-factum view of the Partition?
Dec
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comment What other war crimes trials besides Nuremberg were held after WWII?
@FelixGoldberg I would agree with you if this was the only reason behind judging the accused not guilty. But the full order of Justice Pal was a 1200-pages long report, and though it is available for free, I could not make much sense of it. It contains a lot of details related to precedence and jurisprudence. If there is a summary available somewhere, I would be interested.
Dec
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comment Why the difference of opinion about the disappearance of Subhas Chandra Bose
As an Indian, I had always heard Bose being referred to as a great leader. The release of two diametrically opposite narratives about Bose's death had attracted my interest six months ago. I read both of them, and found that Dhar has sued the Government of India to reveal what information it has obtained on this from the Russians. India's government claims that doing so would harm friendly relations between the two countries. The judicial battle continues. Interestingly, the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation has agreed to help in case they stumble on something in Russia.
Dec
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comment Why the difference of opinion about the disappearance of Subhas Chandra Bose
@FelixGoldberg The Indian Army's marching anthem is derived from that of the INA. As for collusion with the Nazis, to the millions of Indians who were starving to death (see Bengal famine of 1943) in Bengal due to sheer indifference, British rule was intolerable, even at the cost of collusion with the Nazis. Bose recognized this, and never showed any sympathy for the Nazis' racial bigotry. In fact, Bose had a few Jewish friends in Austria, and had expressed sympathy for their plight.
Dec
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comment Why the difference of opinion about the disappearance of Subhas Chandra Bose
@FelixGoldberg I understand that the perspective of people differ. By showing how an independent India could run a government (even if provisional) and an army without being bogged down by religious, linguistic or caste divisions, Bose's made lasting contributions to the birth of India. The Indian Army
Dec
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comment What was the first successful non violent independence movement?
@FelixGoldberg Indeed, Bose is highly respected in India. In fact, many Indians believe that had he not disappeared, he would have been elected as prime minister of India. His portrait is present in India's Parliament Hall along with other leaders of the Indian independence movement. He was one of the few Indian leaders who had openly challenged (with partial success) Gandhi's leadership within the Indian National Congress, though personal relations between the two were always cordial. I will go through the book that you have mentioned, and if you are interested, discuss it in chat.
Dec
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comment What other war crimes trials besides Nuremberg were held after WWII?
@HermannIngjaldsson In the Tokyo trial, Justice Pal made the same point as well, and judged the acccused not guilty.
Dec
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comment What was the first successful non violent independence movement?
@FelixGoldberg This does not mean that Gandhi's role can be belittled. However, to say that independence was brought by the Gandhian movement seems would be to ignore the tremendous sacrifice of the Indians who believed in violent movement. Surveys in India have consistently shown that Indians respect Bhagat Singh and Bose as much as (if not more than) Gandhi.
Dec
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comment What was the first successful non violent independence movement?
@FelixGoldberg I am afraid most Indians do not view things that way. The Indian National Army (INA) had very high levels of support among the Indian expats of South-East Asia. Within India too Bose was known to be highly popular, though news of the existence of INA was suppressed during World War II. In fact, according to Clement Attlee, the British PM who decided to grant freedom to India, it was the activites of the INA and the Royal Indian Navy that compelled the British to leave India. Moreover, when asked what role the Gandhian movement played in forcing this decision, he said "minimal".
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asked Which Japanese military officers helped Ho Chi Minh?
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comment Why was the movement for Austro-German unity less successful than that of Italian unity?
@YannisRizos But it was not really a failure. The failure was the war, not the process of unification itself.
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comment Why was the movement for Austro-German unity less successful than that of Italian unity?
Yes, but after the Allies left in 1955, there was no force that could have imposed those agreements.
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revised Why was the movement for Austro-German unity less successful than that of Italian unity?
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comment Recognition of Palestine?
@DVK I am not sure, but this is what Wikipedia says: "Jordan formally annexed the West Bank and East Jerusalem on April 24, 1950, giving all residents automatic Jordanian citizenship. West Bank residents had already received the right to claim Jordanian citizenship in December 1949." As for Tibet, its citizens seem to enjoy all rights as the rest of the Chinese.