The threatened invasion of India by Japanese imperialism in 1942
brought the question of India front and centre before the British
working class. Rather than arm the Indian people and risk India falling
into the hands of the Indians, the British imperialists would have
prefered it to fall, temporarily, into the hands of the Japanese.
After World War II the British imperialists were in a hurry to leave
India. The Partition of British India in 1947, which created the two
independent states of India and Pakistan, was followed by one of the
cruellest and bloodiest migrations and ethnic cleansings in history.
How the West Was Stolen, by Hopalong Harry Whittaker, is a rip-roaring
polemic from an old gunslinger and former UCATT shop steward now living
south of the river, but hailing originally from Glasagae way. We hope
readers enjoy the gallop as he ranges from historical polemic to cinephile
In order to understand the partition of the
sub-continent and the terrible conditions it had to face it is necessary to
identify the role of imperialism in India and cover certain historical ground. In the year of the 60th anniversary of India's
independence here is first of a series of articles marking this event.