Japanese Cruelty In Car Nicobar Island, What Was Netaji( Subhas Bose ) Doing ?

Subhas Chandra Bose is a much respected leader in India.  Popularly called Netaji, he is supposed to have given the stirring call for "deli Chalo' ( Onward to Delhi) during the Second World War. During this period he had sided with  Japan and almost became a lackey of the Japanese  leadership.  

He formed the Indian National Army  as well as a provisional government in exile. In 1943 the Imperial army of japan mounted an invasion of the Anadaman Islands. These islands were guarded by about 200 Sikh militia, under command of a British oficer. When the Japan army invaded the

Andaman islands, the Militia offered very little resistance and quickly laid down arms. The British officers were arrested and imrisoned in the Cellular Jail at Port Blair.

The Japanese also captured  the small island of Car Nicobar about 200 miles from Port Blair. This island  is inhabited by a mixed race of Malaya Burmese.  When  the Japanese invaded these islands the Indian settled there assumed that freedom was at hand  and the Japanese would be their friends. Subhas Bose also visited Port Blair and  unfurled the flag of independence. But this was only a facade and Bose rushed away from the Islands as quickly as he had come. He did not interact with the local populace who wished to apprise him of the conditions of Japanese rule, which were simply atrocious.

 At car Nicobar the local

villagers were put to work by the Japanese to construct an aerodrome. The conditions were terrible and many locals were executed for not working. No food was given to the workers. In addition the japanese started a systematic massacre of the men folk and atleat 20,000 were executed. The Japanese followed up by taking the Nicobarese women as 'comfort women' like in korea. They used them for sex and impregnated thousands of these girls witha view to change the race of the people there.

 Subhas was no where to be seen when these massacres and atrocities were being committed. It is a sad episode and the apologists of Bose have not been able to explain why and how Bose allowed this to happen. maybe he  was just a pawn, but then he cannot escape the  blame for the death of thousands of  citoizens of Car Nicobar at the hands of the Imperial army as well as the 'comfort women' enslaved by them. In hindsight one wonders what Bose was planning. In any case his Azad Hind fauj was also a paper tiger and achieved precious little.

The massacres in the car Nicobar Island are not well documented and  there is a need for further study in this area.



Article Written By Madan G Singh

An early retired Gp Capt from Air Force who is an Executive Director in the Corporate world. Loves to write fiction and articles. Published over 60 short stories and his novel" Romance of the Frontier" is published from Notion Books.His second novel is on way for publication. The author also has close to 10,000 articles on the b net with millions of views

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