Japanese Occupation of Nicobar Islands: Slavery, Espionage and Executions

Superb paper by Ajay Saini of TISS:

Primarily based on archival research, especially an unpublished diary of Nicobarese stalwart leader John Richardson, this article gives a glimpse of the sufferings that the Nicobarese endured under the Japanese colonial regime during World War II. The regime exposed the indigenes to war, slavery, torture, and executions. At the same time it engendered leadership in the Nicobar Islands which consolidated these historically isolated people into a community and ended their prolonged economic and sexual exploitation.

There is discussion on barter system in the islands as well.

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