The Making of a 'Terrorist'

Mihir Bose investigates the case of Subhas Chandra Bose in Bengal in 1924 to show what can happen when a government is able to lock people up on the suspicion of terrorism.

Bose meeting Adolf HitlerIn 1924 the British Raj used laws that are almost a mirror image of the anti-terrorism legislation recently passed by the British Parliament to detain suspects without charge. The ‘lawless laws’, as an Indian politician called them, were used against ‘revolutionists’, the word the Raj used for men plotting the violent overthrow of British rule in India. They show how a government that feels itself threatened by violence will act against its political enemies.

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