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

Goodall, H; 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) pp. 1936-1968. 10.1017/S0026749X16001062. Green open access

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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.

Type: Article
Title: The Transnational Mission of an Indian War Correspondent: P. R. S. Mani in Southeast Asia, 1944-1946
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0026749X16001062
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0026749X16001062
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10106046
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