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Modi Effects The Marriage of Hindutva Fascism and “Boseian” Fascism: The Snake Is Doing Wind Sprints in India

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Modi wear­ing his Azad Hind Fauj Cap–the cap of Bose’s Asian fight­ing forces.

Saikat Chakrabar­ti wear­ing his Sub­has Chan­dra Bose T‑Shirts.

COMMENT: In a long series deal­ing large­ly with appar­ent fas­cist ele­ments and spooks grouped around the “social­ists” on the left-wing of the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty, as well as a sup­ple­men­tal Food For Thought post, we hypoth­e­sized about, among oth­er things, a mar­riage between the Hin­dut­va fas­cism of Naren­dra Modi, his BJP and the RSS (the orga­ni­za­tion that mur­dered Mahat­ma Gand­hi and which was mod­eled after Mus­solin­i’s black­shirts) and the “Boseian” fas­cism of Sub­has Chan­dra Bose.

Not­ing that Hitler was viewed favor­ably by many Indi­ans, busi­ness stu­dents in par­tic­u­lar, and that Mein Kampf was a best-sell­er in India, we have dis­cussed Mod­i’s intro­duc­tion of a school text­book when he gov­erned Gujarat that glo­ri­fied Hitler.

It appears that the mar­riage between Mod­i’s Hin­dut­va fas­cism and “Boseian” fas­cism has been effect­ed, with Modi renam­ing three Islands as a trib­ute to Bose and glo­ri­fy­ing Bose and his Axis fight­ing forces in a dis­gust­ing com­mem­o­ra­tive cer­e­mo­ny:

Key ele­ments of dis­cus­sion and analy­sis include:

  1. SUBHASH CHANDRA BOSE (1897–1945).
    Bose (right) with Japan­ese Prime Min­is­ter Hide­ki Tojo at a parade for Indi­an nation­al inde­pen­dence at Shonan, Japan. Pho­tographed 1944.

    Prime min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Sun­day announced the renam­ing of three islands of Andaman and Nico­bar arch­i­pel­ago as a trib­ute to Neta­ji Sub­has Chan­dra Bose. . . .The Ross Island was renamed as Neta­ji Sub­has Chan­dra Bose Dweep, the Neil Island as Sha­heed Dweep and the Have­lock Island as Swaraj Dweep. . . . “ ‘When it comes to heroes of the free­dom strug­gle, we take the name of Neta­ji Sub­has Chan­dra Bose with pride. The first prime min­is­ter of the Azad Hind gov­ern­ment Sub­hash Babu had made Indi­a’s inde­pen­dence res­o­lu­tion on the soil of Andaman,’ he said.”

  2. Modi began his speech by ask­ing the peo­ple in the ground to switch on the flash­lights of their mobile phones to hon­our Bose.
  3. Thou­sands of mobile flash­lights were then switched on pro­vid­ing a visu­al delight.
  4. Don­ning the Azad Hind Fauj (Indi­an Nation­al Army) cap, he addressed a pub­lic meet­ing at Neta­ji Sta­di­um on the occa­sion of the 75th anniver­sary of the hoist­ing of the Tri­colour by Bose.
  5. At the sta­di­um, the PM also released a com­mem­o­ra­tive stamp, its first-day cov­er and a Rs 75 coin.He also announced set­ting up of a deemed uni­ver­si­ty named after Bose.
  6. The Andaman and Nico­bar islands are not just a sym­bol of Indi­a’s nat­ur­al beau­ty, but are also like a place of pil­grim­age for Indi­ans, said Modi.Modi also vis­it­ed the Mari­na Park and hoist­ed a nation­al flag on a 150-feet high mast, besides pay­ing flo­ral trib­ute at Neta­ji’s stat­ue.
  7. On Decem­ber 30, 1943, Bose had sug­gest­ed that Andaman and Nico­bar Islands be renamed as Shahid and Swaraj Dweep respec­tive­ly.
  8. Dur­ing World War II, the Japan­ese had cap­tured the Andaman and Nico­bar Islands, and Neta­ji came here as the Azad Hind Fauz led by him was an ally of the Japan­ese force.
  9. “ ‘The his­tor­i­cal event of 30th Decem­ber 1943 has been com­plet­ed today after 75 years,’ Modi said. . . .”

Sub­has Chan­dra Bose Meets Hitler

Sub­has Chan­dra Bose (left) net­work­ing with Hein­rich Himm­ler.

In addi­tion, the 1943 renam­ing of the Andaman Islands was done dur­ing the bru­tal Japan­ese occu­pa­tion of that ter­ri­to­ry:

” . . . . [KR] Ganesh [the MP from the Andaman and Nico­bar Islands] Ganesh point­ed out to the House that the local peo­ple of the Andamans were impris­oned and tor­tured by the Japan­ese in the same Cel­lu­lar Jail in Port Blair where Neta­ji Bose raised the flag of a free India for the first time in Decem­ber 1943. [MP] Samar Guha was unaware of this, as were most oth­er mem­bers of Par­lia­ment. He want­ed to know if the atroc­i­ties by the Japan­ese occu­pa­tion forces on the local peo­ple had tak­en place before or after Bose’s vis­it. Ganesh’s reply was, “Before, dur­ing and after.” . . . .  ‘Japan­ese troops act­ed harsh­ly against local pop­u­la­tions. The Japan­ese mil­i­tary police were espe­cial­ly feared. Food and vital neces­si­ties were con­fis­cat­ed by the occu­piers caus­ing wide­spread mis­ery and star­va­tion by the end of the war.’ The sit­u­a­tion was the same in Port Blair and sur­round­ing vil­lages and near­by islands such as Neil Island and Have­lock Island. I have come across many sto­ries of the fear of the Kem­peitai, the Japan­ese mil­i­tary police – of the arrests, the beat­ings, the hunger, the fear and anx­i­ety that had gripped the peo­ple with hun­dreds in jail for sus­pi­cion of spy­ing for the British. . . .”

1.   “Modi Renames 3 Islands of Andaman and Nico­bar: Oth­er Projects Announced by the PM” [India Today Web Desk]; India Today; 12/31/2018.

Prime min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Sun­day announced the renam­ing of three islands of Andaman and Nico­bar arch­i­pel­ago as a trib­ute to Neta­ji Sub­has Chan­dra Bose.

Islands that were renamed

The Ross Island was renamed as Neta­ji Sub­has Chan­dra Bose Dweep, the Neil Island as Sha­heed Dweep and the Have­lock Island as Swaraj Dweep. . . .

PM Modi at the occa­sion

  1. Modi began his speech by ask­ing the peo­ple in the ground to switch on the flash­lights of their mobile phones to hon­our Bose.
  2. Thou­sands of mobile flash­lights were then switched on pro­vid­ing a visu­al delight.
  3. Don­ning the Azad Hind Fauj (Indi­an Nation­al Army) cap, he addressed a pub­lic meet­ing at Neta­ji Sta­di­um on the occa­sion of the 75th anniver­sary of the hoist­ing of the Tri­colour by Bose.

“When it comes to heroes of the free­dom strug­gle, we take the name of Neta­ji Sub­has Chan­dra Bose with pride. The first prime min­is­ter of the Azad Hind gov­ern­ment Sub­hash Babu had made Indi­a’s inde­pen­dence res­o­lu­tion on the soil of Andaman,” he said.

  1. At the sta­di­um, the PM also released a com­mem­o­ra­tive stamp, its first-day cov­er and a Rs 75 coin.He also announced set­ting up of a deemed uni­ver­si­ty named after Bose.
  2. The Andaman and Nico­bar islands are not just a sym­bol of Indi­a’s nat­ur­al beau­ty, but are also like a place of pil­grim­age for Indi­ans, said Modi.
  3. Modi also vis­it­ed the Mari­na Park and hoist­ed a nation­al flag on a 150-feet high mast, besides pay­ing flo­ral trib­ute at Neta­ji’s stat­ue.

Impor­tance of this day

On Decem­ber 30, 1943, Bose had sug­gest­ed that Andaman and Nico­bar Islands be renamed as Shahid and Swaraj Dweep respec­tive­ly.

Dur­ing World War II, the Japan­ese had cap­tured the Andaman and Nico­bar Islands, and Neta­ji came here as the Azad Hind Fauz led by him was an ally of the Japan­ese force.

“The his­tor­i­cal event of 30th Decem­ber 1943 has been com­plet­ed today after 75 years,” Modi said. . . .

Modi–wearing cap of Azad Hind Fauj–Bose’s Asian mil­i­tary formation–paying trib­ute to a stat­ue of Bose.

2. “Islands Renamed: Nation­al Mem­o­ry of Netaji’s Andamans Vis­it Is at Vari­ance with Local Rec­ol­lec­tions” by Jayant Das­gup­ta; Scroll.in; 1/22/2019.

On Decem­ber 30, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi trav­elled to the Andaman and Nico­bar islands to com­mem­o­rate Neta­ji Sub­has Chan­dra Bose’s vis­it to the arch­i­pel­ago dur­ing World War II, on the last three days of 1943. At that time, the islands were under the occu­pa­tion of the Impe­r­i­al Japan­ese Forces, a lit­tle-known fact of Indi­an his­to­ry.

Dur­ing his vis­it, Modi announced that three small islands in the South Andamans would be renamed. While Ross island has been renamed after Bose, Neil Island has been chris­tened Sha­heed Dweep (Martyr’s Island) and Have­lock Island is now offi­cial­ly known as Swaraj Dweep (Self-Rule Island).

The three islands were renamed pur­port­ed­ly to hon­our Bose’s mem­o­ry. A per­fect­ly valid rea­son, one might say. But what if that mem­o­ry itself is fraught with con­tes­ta­tion? What if the nation­al mem­o­ry of Bose’s vis­it is at vari­ance with the local mem­o­ry? . . .

. . . . Japanese occupation

Bose had been invit­ed to Port Blair in 1943 by the Japan­ese gov­ern­ment in his capac­i­ty as the leader of the Indi­an Nation­al Army, which was in alliance with the Japan­ese. Here, he expressed the wish that the Andaman Islands should be renamed Sha­heed Dweep and the Nico­bar Islands be named Swaraj Dweep. His wish has final­ly been ful­filled, albeit on a much reduced scale. . . .

. . . . [KR] Ganesh [the MP from the Andaman and Nico­bar Islands] Ganesh point­ed out to the House that the local peo­ple of the Andamans were impris­oned and tor­tured by the Japan­ese in the same Cel­lu­lar Jail in Port Blair where Neta­ji Bose raised the flag of a free India for the first time in Decem­ber 1943. [MP] Samar Guha was unaware of this, as were most oth­er mem­bers of Par­lia­ment. He want­ed to know if the atroc­i­ties by the Japan­ese occu­pa­tion forces on the local peo­ple had tak­en place before or after Bose’s vis­it. Ganesh’s reply was, “Before, dur­ing and after.” . . . .

. . . . The Japan­ese had occu­pied the Andaman islands for three-and‑a half years, between 1942 and 1945. Dur­ing that same peri­od, anoth­er ter­ri­to­ry was also under their occu­pa­tion – the Dutch East Indies or present-day Indone­sia. It was seized on March 9, 1942, just a day before the Japan­ese wrest­ed con­trol of the Andamans from the British. The occu­pa­tion of both ter­ri­to­ries end­ed on the same day in August 1945, with the uncon­di­tion­al sur­ren­der of the Japan­ese.

But though the sto­ry of the Japan­ese occu­pa­tion of the Dutch East Indies dur­ing World War II is quite well known, very few know about the occu­pa­tion of the Andamans.

An arti­cle about the occu­pa­tion of the Dutch East Indies has this line: “The occu­pa­tion was not gen­tle.” This could have well been writ­ten for the Andaman and Nico­bar islands. The arti­cle goes on to say:

“Japan­ese troops act­ed harsh­ly against local pop­u­la­tions. The Japan­ese mil­i­tary police were espe­cial­ly feared. Food and vital neces­si­ties were con­fis­cat­ed by the occu­piers caus­ing wide­spread mis­ery and star­va­tion by the end of the war.”

The sit­u­a­tion was the same in Port Blair and sur­round­ing vil­lages and near­by islands such as Neil Island and Have­lock Island. I have come across many sto­ries of the fear of the Kem­peitai, the Japan­ese mil­i­tary police – of the arrests, the beat­ings, the hunger, the fear and anx­i­ety that had gripped the peo­ple with hun­dreds in jail for sus­pi­cion of spy­ing for the British. . . .

 

 

 

 

 

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