Indian Army Archives : The Unsolved Conspiracies

The Indian Army is the largest component of the Indian Armed Force which is commanded by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), who is a four-star general and the President of India is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Army. Two officers have been conferred with the rank of field marshal, a five-star rank, which is a great honor.The units and regiments of the Indian Army archives have diverse histories. They have participated in a number of battles and campaigns across the world, earning a large number of battle and theatre honors before and after Independence. 

The Indian army archives are full of proud victories, India army is listed as the biggest volunteer army in the world, 3rd biggest military contingent in the world next to USA and China and controls the highest battlefield, Siachen Glacier, in the world which is 5000 meters above the sea level. Moreover, the Indian army archives are also full of the recuse operations that made in the time when the nation was in distress. Operation Raahat, carried out by the Indian Army, is one of the biggest civilian rescue operation in the world.

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Victories are something which the Indian army archives don't definitely lack but there are a bunch of conspiracies too which was never totally cleared by anyone. There were many conspiracies of the Indian National Army regarding the war in South East Asia and also with the Japanese occupation of South East Asian countries. Various historians and authors have given reasons for the Indian National Ary volunteering to serve and work with the Japnese. The arguments stated both, the idea of fighting for the independence and the inevitable desire of not being a prisoner of war. Many authors have stated the reason for service conditions and treatment within the army the reason leading towards the partial feeling among the troops.

 

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It is also stated that during a particular time Congress leaders including Gandhi viewed the INA as a traitor army due to the rumors and circulating stories of them being in association with the Japanese.These were also to include references to the army as an auxiliary force to the Japanese forces, as well as that they were collaborators and traitors.

Allegations of torture were also made against the INA which was borne out by the number of men charged with torture at the Red Fort trials.Some have also made allegations of complicity in the Selarang Barracks Incident at Singapore in 1942, where INA guards are alleged to have shot four Australian PoWs who had attempted to escape from Changi prison.

The army at that time and still is seen as a turning point in the movement for Independence even after these conspiracies. Moreover, after the lifting of the ban on 10th May, it was seen as a national force which was not decreed by cast and religion. 

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