India’s Economic Impact of War

Chennai: As the country celebrates the 25th anniversary of the economic reforms started in 1991, what it fails to acknowledge are the underpinnings of the economy which date back to the world wars, claimed historian, Srinath Raghavan on Wednesday. The Indian war industry prior to the start of the Second World War ,was in a…

The Bengal Famine and World War II

Chennai, Nov 4: The Bengal famine was only an extreme end of the poverty faced by Indians during the Second World War II, according to historian, Dr. Srinath Raghavan. Discussing ‘India’s Long Rise as an Asian Power’ at the Madras Institute of Developmental Studies, Raghavan said that the necessity of building a war economy to…

Rebuilding a war economy

CHENNAI, NOV 7; “Historians are good at suggesting only two things: First that everything began much earlier and second that everything is more complicated than you think”, said Srinath Raghavan, the author of books on military history. History does bear evidence to his statement that everything in historical literature does have a precedent. Same goes…

Forgotten Troops: The Indian Army 1939-1945

CHENNAI, Nov 2: The Second World War witnessed the Indian army’s expansion from 200,000 in 1939 to 2.5 Million in 1945, said Srinath Raghavan, recipient of the 2015 Infosys Prize in Social Sciences, at the Madras Institute for Development studies, yesterday. Elaborating on the topic, “India’s long rise as an Asian power: The Second World…

Migration Post WWII: Where doth home lie?

Chennai, Nov 4:  The much forgotten role of the pre-war Indian Army was remembered here, when Srinath Raghavan, the 2015 Infosys Prize Laureate, gave a lecture titled ‘India’s Long Rise as an Asian Power: The Second World War and after’ at the Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS). His research on the pre-war Indian army…

India’s Opium High in WWII

  by Shilajit Mitra Chennai, November 3: Although the official Indo-China opium trade ended in 1917, Calcutta continued to be a world trade centre over the two world wars, far into the geopolitical turbulence of the 1940s. Speaking at the Madras Institute of Development Studies, historian and author Srinath Raghavan expounded India’s role in the Second…