Political Development of Indians During The Japanese Occupation In Malaya (Malaysia), 1941-1945

Author:   Ganesan Shanmugavelu and Balakrishnan Parasuraman
Publisher:   GRFDT
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This paper looks at the political development of Indians during the Japanese occupation in Malaya. The Japanese Occupation in Malaya from 1941 to 1945 left many political effects in Malaya. The Japanese occupation has left some positive effects on the poltical development of Indians, particularly creating unity among Indians who had previously split up on caste, religion and ethnic differences.  This unity is clearly seen through massive involvement of Indians in the activities of IIL and INA by supporting Japan. The leadership, reputation and credentials of Subash Chandra Bose also influenced the Indians in Malaya to join IIL and the INA. This political development of Indians is more focused on the development of India and India’s struggle for independence. In addition, there are a handful of Indians joined the  anti-Japanese movements such as MPAJA and MPAJU

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