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Excerpts From Prasenjit Basu's 'Asia Reborn' Guides Through The Evils Of British Colonialism And Role Of Subhash Chandra Bose In India's Independence

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:

Prasenjit K Basu through his words and a pragmatic historic narrative 'Asia Reborn' guides the audience through the bylanes and wreckage caused by the British colonialism, and the eventual events trailing to independence.

Basu unfolds the strategic role of the British Indian Army to envelope the European empires, accentuating on the theory of how India's route to independence was not through non-violent means but the endeavors of the Indian National Army. He goes on to credit the efforts of Subhash Chandra Bose that led to the country attaining freedom, and not Jawaharlal Nehru or Gandhi. 

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Excerpts of his book 'Asia Reborn' said, "It is one of the great tragedies of modern India that the strategic role of the British Indian Army (Indian Army) has been forgotten.” 

Bose's Indian National Army (INA) showed the world the credibility of its Army. 

Setting the historical backdrop of colonialism, with political undertones the script that narrates India's Independence tale, comprehensively articulates the role of one of the greatest freedom fighters Subhash Chandra Bose. The author argues how Subhash Chandra Bose's visionary actions made a significant difference, even if it meant a fallout with the Nehru-Gandhi clan on crucial issues after Congress came into power in the first elections of 1937.   

Basu called out the Congress party for having "worked assiduously to obliterate the role of the INA." 

The book goes on to accentuate the "shortcomings" of India's Nehruvian model of "comprehensive import substitution" it also examines the economic history of India denounces the Western power that destroyed economies the colonies. 

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