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  • #16
    Originally posted by pravin View Post
    What you said is true ,but even then military cannot do a coup in India just look at the diversity of the regiments and the size of the country
    That is not the point at all: The point is that the military has not tried to supplant the civil government, and the civil government has not tried to place its political cronies as monitors of the professional military officers.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by bengalraider View Post
      no matter their political affiliations , as far as the congress was concerned it had long ago at the direction of mahatma Gandhi and Nehru disowned netaji Subash Chandra Bose. these men were some of the most patriotic men the Indian army could ever hope to have within it's ranks and the fact remains that they were shortchanged out of their rightful place in the independent Indian military, who knows maybe even some of the British trained officers in the Indian army at that time felt threatened by these men and their experience.
      :shrug: The Indian armed forces had a huge pool of man-power to choose its men from... few of those selected have failed to meet the patriotism asked of them. How many times has the Indian government shortchanged men for reasons far less important than those that these were dropped on? In 1945 Indian Army had 2.2 million soldiers, sailors and airmen... by 1950s it had been cut down to around 200,000 and still going down. You are deluded if you think officers will want to bring in new men on a political whim when 9 out of 10 of their veterans were being demobilized and sent home.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by chankya View Post
        I don't think the INA actually achieved anything militarily. Politically it was great. It was not well equipped, not well led, low on morale, and too enmeshed in politics. IMO, It was a good idea not to amalgamate it into the Army.
        When 2,200,000 is being reduced to 200,000... there is no need for adding 45,000. Simple, eh? ;)

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Cactus View Post
          When 2,200,000 is being reduced to 200,000... there is no need for adding 45,000. Simple, eh? ;)
          I have slightly fuzzy recall but apart from Mt. Popa and maybe the battle of the admin box, I can't recall any instances of the INA actually fighting. This was probably not all their fault. They had no officers really. The few they had were literally out of their depth. And no equipment.(They were mostly equipped with captured British army stocks. Their uniforms were stitched with contributions from local Indians in singapore and other overrun areas.)The barely fought through the duration of the war. One big issue that hovered over the whole thing was a question of how many joined out of patriotic feelings and how many just wanted to be spared the Japanese treatment

          The point however is that they did have a major political effect. It's quite allright to be grateful to them for that without the need to cook up any military experience.
          Last edited by chankya; 26 Oct 08,, 04:21. Reason: 'putative' doesn't mean what I thought it meant! :)
          "Of all the manifestations of power, restraint impresses men the most." - Thucydides

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          • #20
            I seem to recall that the regular Royal IA troops had nothing but contempt for the INA forces they faced. Even the japs regarded them as second line troops good only for freeing up more japanese troops for front line duties.
            So when independence came naturally they would not be interested in having these men in an independent IA when even their veteran comrades were finding it difficult to remain in the army.
            Last edited by bolo121; 26 Oct 08,, 05:38.
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