India & the Second World War

In September 1939 Lord Linlithgow announced that India was at war because Britain was at war, said Srinath Raghavan, scholar and historian. Thus, India was thrust into the war by Britain, without wider consultation. It was a cataclysmic event in which India was caught up, contributed significantly, and experienced a great impact. Raghavan, who is…

India’s Food Crises and WWII

CHENNAI, Nov 10:  “I  shuddered  to  see  men,  women  and  children  with  no  flesh  on  their  bodies  and  all  skeletons  as  if  they  were  half  dead”, war historian  Srinath  Raghavan quotes  from  a  letter sent  during  the  Second World War, discussing  the  famines  of  1943-44 in  Travancore. “Not  many people  know  that  Kerala witnessed  the …

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…