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World War II and the prospect of ‘Quit India’ in Bengal: perceptions, rumours and revolutionary parties

Roy, Anwesha (2021) World War II and the prospect of ‘Quit India’ in Bengal: perceptions, rumours and revolutionary parties. South Asia: Journal of South Asia Studies, 44 (1). 16 - 32. ISSN 0085-6401

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00856401.2021.1855813


This paper studies the years 1940–42 in Bengal with a view to analysing the social fuel that made the Quit India Movement possible in the province. War-time colonial policies created multiple disruptions and intrusions in the lives of the people of Bengal, building up anxieties and mass discontent. Coupled with widespread rumours, this profoundly reconfigured the image of the colonial state. This paper attempts to tap into the psyche of colonised minds in Bengal in the early stages of the war, which began to question British invincibility in the face of serious reverses in Southeast Asia. When a potent mix of mass discontentment and rumour was combined with ‘revolutionary’ political activism in the countryside, it acted as an explosive catalyst, animating the Quit India Movement.

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Additional Information: © 2021 South Asian Studies Association of Australia.
Divisions: International History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2021 09:57
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:57

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