The Latest RTI Application about the status of INA (Indian National Army) soldiers brought some bottled-up findings into the light. Role of General Mohan Singh in the freedom struggle, as an important part of the INA, has come to the forefront. Who was General Mohan Singh? And what were his contributions?
Indian National Army (INA) formed in 1942 gained popularity because of its eminent leader- Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose but there is a popular misconception among people. It is believed that Netaji founded the INA in fact few people know that a young Sikh man, named General Mohan Singh, was the one who established the INA.
Part of British Army
This young major also worked for the British army and was imprisoned as a prisoner of war. He was captured by Japanese Army though later released. It was much later- almost after 2 years- that Netaji joined the INA. British exploitation of the Indian soldiers and his own will to fight for his nation- made General Mohan Singh establish the Azad Hind Fauj.
Disappointments and lost hope
It was General Mohan Singh who strategized and convinced the Japanese to attack the British forces. In return he promised that the INA soldiers will support the Japanese attack. He became the commander-in- chief of the Indian National Army. He soon realised the intentions of the Japanese who wanted to use the INA only to fulfil their own interests and ambitions
Post Partition Trauma
Like most Indians, General Mohan Singh was traumatised with India Pakistan Partition. He was forced to leave his home in then Pakistan and came to India as a homeless refuge.