Friday, April 7, 2017
WHO GOT US INDEPENDANCE- - - AND YET, THE ANNALS OF HISTORY TELL US INDIANS - -
When B.P. Chakravarti was acting as Governor of West Bengal, Lord Attlee visited India and stayed as his guest for three days at the Raj Bhavan.
Chakravarti asked Attlee about the real grounds for granting independence to India. Specifically, his question was, when the Quit India movement lay in ruins years before 1947, where was the need for the British to leave in such a hurry?
Attlee’s response is most illuminating and important for history:
"In reply Attlee cited several reasons, the most important were the activities of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose which weakened the very foundation of the attachment of the Indian land and naval forces to the British Government.
Towards the end, I asked Lord Attlee about the extent to which the British decision to quit India was influenced by Gandhi’s activities. On hearing this question Attlee’s lips widened in a smile of disdain and he uttered, slowly, putting emphasis on each single letter — “mi-ni-mal.”
The crucial point to note is that thanks to Subhas Bose’s activities, the Indian Armed Forces began to see themselves as defenders of India rather than of the British Empire.
This, more than anything else, was what led to India’s freedom.
This is also the reason why the British Empire disappeared from the face of the earth within an astonishingly short space of twenty years.
Indian soldiers, who were the main prop of the Empire, were no longer willing to fight for the British.
What influenced the British decision was the mutiny of the Indian Navy following the INA trials in 1946.
While the British wanted to try Subhas Bose’s INA as traitors, Indian soldiers saw them as nationalists and patriots.
This scared the British who decided to get out in a hurry.
And yet, do Indians remeber this passage of HISTORY ??
Sadly - NO. Bala
(SOURCE- BB GHAI VET)