The Killing of Jews Was Not Good, But Everybody Has a Positive and Negative Side

Sorry, posting has been a bit light while I’m back in the UK. Couldn’t resist writing about this, though. BTW, all my posting will now be based at Current Intelligence, with links provided here. Eventually, there’ll be a separate India channel there, and we’d encourage other budding writers to submit articles and pieces there.

The dangers of a poor education appear to be bearing some fruit in India, where an increasingly popular historical figure is good ol’ Adolf Hitler. We all remember him, right? Disciplinarian, no-nonsense leader of men, saviour of oppressed minorities.

This is the somewhat distressing image of Hitler that seems to have taken root in India. The BBC reported this week about the growth in sales of Mein Kampf, as well as the popularity of memorabilia like keyrings, T-shirts and bandanas. It includes two of the finest quotes I have seen in a news story of all time. The first is the title of this post and comes from a research associate in the city of Pune, who also thinks Hitler is a “legend”. Then there’s a little gem from Amit Tripathi, described as a “scholar” of all things, who in an effort to redefine understatement, argues that “[Hitler’s] ideology of racial purity smacked of racism.” Yes, it’s true. There is a slight tinge of racism buried in there somewhere.

Far more troubling is news that Bollywood is planning a movie entitled Dear Friend Hitler, which is apparently not an ironic title (which is amazing on so many levels). The film will focus on Hitler’s last days and his “love for India and how he indirectly contributed to Indian independence”, both by wearing down the British and by supporting the Indian National Army led by Subhas Chandra Bose. Bose is still something of a hero in the subcontinent, particularly Kolkata, where he began a campaign for independence that would eventually see him meet the Fuhrer in Berlin and arrange to fight alongside the Japanese against the British.

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One response to “The Killing of Jews Was Not Good, But Everybody Has a Positive and Negative Side

  1. Excellent article.

    I wish I could say I was more surprised, but this reminds me of the wave of Mein Kampf sales that coincided with a boom in nationalist and anti-Semitic literature in Turkey a while back. Sometimes developing democracies do not turn out the way we think they should.

    The point about the memory of WWII is particularly well-said. It occurs to me, rather tangentially, that with the rise of India and China as great powers and regional states such as Turkey, we have coming to the forefront states for whom WWII was either not nearly as vital of an experience in building their modern identities and political outlooks, or at least their war experiences were radically different from the major Allied and Axis powers which Westerners traditionally associate with WWII…

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