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…

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 understated role in Second World War Re-examined

Chennai: “The fact that Nehru was inspired by the rosy ideals of a Soviet model for a centralized, state-run economy is incorrect,” says Historian Srinath Raghavan,” India understood the need for a planned economy around the time of the second world war,” 10.Indian infantry 7th Rajput Regiment about to go on patrol on the Arakan…

Elephant in the room: Indian Army in Burma

Chennai, Nov 4: The China-India-Burma Theatre was ablaze with heavy firing during the Second World War. Indian soldiers died in thousands over a two-week period at Imphal. The combat zone was reduced to a Maharaja’s tennis court as the Battle of Kohima ended and came knocking on Indian doors. India’s intrusion in a global war…