The mega celebrations to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence began on March 12, 2021, when the Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the “Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav” event by flagging off a 241-mile march from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad to Dandi in Gujarat’s Navsari district to mark the day.
As part of the celebrations, the Publications Division of the Government of India will publish books on unsung heroes of the freedom movement, women freedom fighters, battles and freedom fighters from North-East India and the Indian National Army trials in the Red Fort, besides others.
Connoisseurs of military history, while visiting Manipur and travelling between Imphal – Kohima or Imphal – Morey via Moriang- Bishenpur, will come across many places that are also referred to in William Slim’s famous book, “Defeat into Victory”.
A period’s history will come alive especially during any interaction with locals in the area who are ever eager to show their collection of memorabilia in form of Azad Hind Fauj currency, remnants of used ammunition, propaganda pamphlets, helmets etc. Each one tells a story of the times and quite a few are about the role of the Indian National Army (INA) in the battles in the area during World War II.
These stories, to most of the so-called mainstream historians, have remained in-consequential and at the most peripheral. Is this deliberate or otherwise?