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    Default SC Bose and the Indian National Army

    Reading The Raj Quartet, passing reference is made to the above group, and the back-story is rather similar to that of Seán Russell. Upon the declaration of WW2, even the mainstream Congress leadership took umbrage that Britain included India without consultation, and were inclined to neutrality. Bose, however, decided that only active support for the Axis would secure Indian independence, travelling firstly to Berlin, and later to Tokyo, where the latter placed him in charge of an Indian National Army, which would march with their fellow Asians and inspire popular rebellion. Their actual wartime activities proved somewhat inept, only resulting in defeat, disease and desertion. The most interesting coda occurred later, as when INA survivors were put on trial, the public reaction was surprisingly, one of patriotic support, and it has been claimed the trials accelerated the timescale for eventual independence. So, much like the IRA, the difference between patriotism and treachery very much depends on individual perspective.
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    Absconded from house arrest in Calcutta, came to Ireland in a German submarine, met De Valera, from here straight to Japan. Was a fan of Terence McSwiney and there's a quote from him on a marble inset in his house in Tollygunge, Calcutta.
    "What Michael Collins accepted in '22,De Valera accepted in'27 and Gerry Adams accepted in '98.Sooner or later they all come around to accepting the Treaty"

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    Quote Originally Posted by former wesleyan View Post
    Absconded from house arrest in Calcutta, came to Ireland in a German submarine, met De Valera, from here straight to Japan. Was a fan of Terence McSwiney and there's a quote from him on a marble inset in his house in Tollygunge, Calcutta.

    er...when was this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catalpast View Post
    er...when was this?
    Well, during WW11 of course !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by former wesleyan View Post
    Absconded from house arrest in Calcutta, came to Ireland in a German submarine, met De Valera, from here straight to Japan. Was a fan of Terence McSwiney and there's a quote from him on a marble inset in his house in Tollygunge, Calcutta.
    So his nazi supporting activities are more than mitigated by his admiration of Irish independence heroes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by edwin View Post
    So his nazi supporting activities are more than mitigated by his admiration of Irish independence heroes!
    He repudiated the racial theories of the Nazis but admired their organisational abilities; he was a kind of communist at heart really. He admired Sinn Feins " put them in to get them out " strategies. Used Irish analogies all the time when arguing his corner with the rest of the Congress Party.
    "What Michael Collins accepted in '22,De Valera accepted in'27 and Gerry Adams accepted in '98.Sooner or later they all come around to accepting the Treaty"

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    Default More to this than meets the eye?

    Bose remains a hot topic: try this one, from History Today, November 2010.

    Or this article, from firstpost.com/india. That links to a book by Anuj Dhar. And another which is apparently available only on Kindle. In some quarters, Bose seems to have the same elusive fascination as Lord Lucan.

    There's also a website with considerable information.

    Then there is the "disputed" marriage. Bose formalised a relationship with his Austrian secretary, Emilie Schenkl, sometime in the war years, apparently by Hindu rites (obviously formal marriage was impossible under Nazi race laws).

    Their child is Anita, who became a Professor of Economics at the University of Augsburg. She married Martin Pfaff, another Augsburg academic (also in economics, I believe), and for a dozen years an SPD member of the Bundestag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edwin View Post
    So his nazi supporting activities are more than mitigated by his admiration of Irish independence heroes!
    His 'Nazi supporting' was totally because he was anti-British. Sound familiar?

    His Army would be drawn from Indian Army personnel captured by the Japanese, a lá Casement. History says that they both were sucking on the wrong tit - one full of poison. The Japanese were the enemy. No matter how anti British one may be, the Japanese were the enemy. They spread across that part of the world like a cancer; treating subjected peoples and POWs to the worst atrocities; following their belief in the Emperor and their superior status. They would have enslaved India much as Nazi Germany would have enslaved Ireland.

    Bose would have been betraying the people of India, not just the Raj.
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    Quote Originally Posted by former wesleyan View Post
    Well, during WW11 of course !!
    So in the middle of WWII he made his way from Neutral Ireland to Japan?

    How - was there a UBoat waiting for him in Dublin Bay?

    IIRC though there is some doubt as to what happened to him as his body was never found?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catalpast View Post
    So in the middle of WWII he made his way from Neutral Ireland to Japan?

    How - was there a UBoat waiting for him in Dublin Bay?

    IIRC though there is some doubt as to what happened to him as his body was never found?
    Yes. Yes. Indeed. ( in that order )
    "What Michael Collins accepted in '22,De Valera accepted in'27 and Gerry Adams accepted in '98.Sooner or later they all come around to accepting the Treaty"

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