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Dec
26
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
26
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
26
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
26
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
26
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
26
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
26
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".
Dec
9
asked Which Japanese military officers helped Ho Chi Minh?
Dec
1
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.
Dec
1
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.
Dec
1
revised Why was the movement for Austro-German unity less successful than that of Italian unity?
clarified question
Dec
1
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.
Nov
30
asked Why was the movement for Austro-German unity less successful than that of Italian unity?
Nov
30
comment Recognition of Palestine?
@DVK As for why West Point and Gaza are considered occupied territories now, I think it is fair to say that a people may be considered to be occupied when they do not enjoy as a group the rights of other citizens. Maybe this is the reason the UN considers these territories to be occupied only when they came under Israel. Any ideas?
Nov
10
comment Why did the USA take no action to help Pakistan during their 1971 war against India?
@BROY There is a very significant difference between personal friendships and alliances between governments. While many remain loyal to their personal friends throughout their lives, this is not true for alliances between governments. This is because the merits or demerits of an alliance between governments may not be appreciated by everyone. Moreover, many Americans felt that humanitarian considerations and risk of involvement outweighed considerations of loyalty towards Pakistan. As an Indian, I can say that the USSR too was of not much help to India in its war against China in 1962.
Nov
5
answered Why did the USA take no action to help Pakistan during their 1971 war against India?
Oct
29
comment What was the exact time of announcement of Indian independence?
Is this what you are looking for? parliament.uk/business/publications/parliamentary-archives/…
Oct
29
answered What was the exact time of announcement of Indian independence?
Oct
13
revised How did diplomats of the Axis powers travel and communicate among themselves in World War II
fixed grammer
Oct
13
comment How did diplomats of the Axis powers travel and communicate among themselves in World War II
Was this not harmful to the Allied war effort? If so, why did the other Allied countries not object to this?