University of Delhi Indian Associations in Wartime China
31 May 2017
This paper attempts to analyze the many associations of Indians that had existed in China during the Second World War. Primarily formed with the aim of engaging in anti-British activities these associations also acted as platforms to protect the interest of the Indian community in China to the point that every place in China which had a sizeable Indian community also associations of Indians. Though China, particularly the island of Hong Kong had been a favourite destination with Indian revolutionaries, I would like to argue that the trend of forming associations among the Indians reached its peak during the wartime. In the paper, I would also like to find out the nature of these various associations. Who were the members of these associations? How popular were these associations among the Indians? Did they try to connect with the Chinese or the Japanese occupation forces? What were their activities? And what happened to these associations?
From the University of Delhi, Nirmola Sharma is currently an Institute of Chinese Studies - Harvard Yenching Institute Doctoral Fellow in the China-India Studies Program. She was previously a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for the Study of Chinese Civilization at Fudan University (2014-15). Her PhD research focuses on the Indian National Army (INA) in China. Her specialization is Chinese history and she is particularly interested in studying Sino-Indian interactions in the colonial period.
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