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HISTORY OF SOUTHERN ASIA > WEEK THIRTEEN - A DIVISION OF THE SPOILS - November 23rd - November 29th>BOOK ONE:1945 - Section Five - The Circuit House - Chapter Three (pg. 426 - 458)

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Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) Hello Everyone,

For the week of November 23rd - November 29th, we are reading BOOK ONE: 1945 -Section Five - The Circuit House - Chapter Three (pg. 426 - 458) ~ A Division of the Spoils -Book IV,(pg. 426 - 458).

The week's reading assignment is:

WEEK THIRTEEN- November 23rd ~ PART ONE: Section Five - The Circuit House (pg. 426 - 448)

We will open up a thread for each week's reading. Please make sure to post in the particular thread dedicated to those specific chapters and page numbers to avoid spoilers. We will also open up supplemental threads as we did for other spotlighted books.

This book was kicked off on August 31st.

We look forward to your participation. Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other noted on line booksellers do have copies of the book and shipment can be expedited. The book can also be obtained easily at your local library, local bookstore or on your Kindle. Make sure to pre-order now if you haven't already. This weekly thread will be opened up on November 23rd.

There is no rush and we are thrilled to have you join us. It is never too late to get started and/or to post.

Jill will be leading this discussion and back-up will be Bentley.

Welcome,

~Bentley

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REMEMBER NO SPOILERS ON THE WEEKLY NON SPOILER THREADS - ON EACH WEEKLY NON SPOILER THREAD - WE ONLY DISCUSS THE PAGES ASSIGNED OR THE PAGES WHICH WERE COVERED IN PREVIOUS WEEKS. IF YOU GO AHEAD OR WANT TO ENGAGE IN MORE EXPANSIVE DISCUSSION - POST THOSE COMMENTS IN ONE OF THE SPOILER THREADS. THESE CHAPTERS HAVE A LOT OF INFORMATION SO WHEN IN DOUBT CHECK WITH THE CHAPTER OVERVIEW AND SUMMARY TO RECALL WHETHER YOUR COMMENTS ARE ASSIGNMENT SPECIFIC. EXAMPLES OF SPOILER THREADS ARE THE GLOSSARY, THE BIBLIOGRAPHY, THE INTRODUCTION AND THE BOOK AS A WHOLE THREADS.

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Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) Chapter Overview and Summary

Kasim meets with his son Sayed and they reconcile. They discuss the issues of the court martial and how Sayed should conduct himself and what he should say and not say. Kasim tells him that his military career is over regardless of the outcome of the trial as the Indians who remained loyal to Britain would never accept him and he will probably be cashiered.

Sayed tells his father that the INA had tried to contact some of the Indian Congress to explain their position and garner support. That was when he discovered that his father and other officials had been jailed. This finalized his decision to join the INA.

Sayed accuses his father of kow-towing to the British and states that when the British leave, the country will then become a Hindu raj. Partition is inevitable but Kasim says he will never join Jinnah. He and Sayed cannot come to terms but the father will continue to support his son throughout the trial.


Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) Kasim did not believe in the INA or what it stood for and yet he reconciled somewhat with Sayed I got a better understanding of the INA through Sayed's talk wit his father. It would be a tough decision for the captured Indian army members.....join or be put up against the wall and shot. What are your opinions of the INA?


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I think the old Kasim had it right - he struck the right balance.


Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) Are INA members traitors? They are already subjects to the British, therefore representing British India, not an independent India. Surely they were not naive enough to suppose that if the Axis won, India would become independent.They would then be in the sphere of Japan. So are they traitors to Britain or to India? Or just poor souls trying to stay alive?


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