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The Transnational Mission of an Indian War Correspondent: P. R. S. Mani in Southeast Asia, 1944–1946

Goodall, H and Frost, MR (2017) 'The Transnational Mission of an Indian War Correspondent: P. R. S. Mani in Southeast Asia, 1944–1946.' Modern Asian Studies, 51 (6). 1936 - 1968. ISSN 0026-749X

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Abstract

This article, based on new archival materials, reconstructs the experiences and observations of an Indian war correspondent from 1944 to 1946 as he covered the advance of Indian soldiers of the British-led Indian Army from northeast India, through Burma to Malaya at the war's end, then to their eventual deployment with the South East Asian Command in Java after the Japanese surrender. As it transpired, Captain P. R. S. Mani worked as an enlisted public relations officer of the British-led Indian Army but also sustained his commitment as a patriotic Indian nationalist, who gathered intelligence on the Indian diaspora in Southeast Asia and on the impact of Subhas Chandra Bose's Indian National Army. Relatively little scholarship has focused on Asian war journalism. Mani's tension-ridden role as a self-styled ‘Indian Army observer’ provides an illuminating insight into the way in which Britain's lines of communication were appropriated and subverted during wartime and beyond, and into the way his own nationalism was reshaped by his unofficial transnational activities.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D890 Eastern Hemisphere
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > History, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2018 12:24
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2018 12:24
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21147

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