Sikhs and World War II (1939–45)

Khushwant Singh

in A History of the Sikhs

Second edition

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780195673098
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080595 | DOI:
Sikhs and World War II (1939–45)

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This chapter views World War II in the perspective of the Sikhs. It talks about Indian politics during the ‘Phony War’, and highlights the crisis of conscience experienced by the Sikh leaders. It moves on to discuss the attitude of the Sikhs towards the war in Asia. This includes a study of the Indian National Army (INA), which was part of the force used by the Japanese, and Rash Bihari Bose, Mohan Singh, and Subhas Bose, three notable leaders of the INA. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the Cripps Mission and the end of the war on 7 May 1945, when Nazi Germany finally surrendered, the Japanese troops retreated and the Indian government attempted to win the Indian politicians to its side.

Keywords: World War II; Indian politics; Phony War; Indian National Army; INA leaders; Cripps Mission; Rash Bihari Bose; Mohan Singh; Subhas Bose

Chapter.  5494 words. 

Subjects: Sikhism

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