“Mission in Asia”: Kita Ikki, V.D. Savarkar and Radical Nationalism in Early 20th Century Japan and India

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In the course of the decade spanning the late 1930s to the late 1940s, two men, one in Japan, one in India, were arrested and tried for murders it was known they did not physically commit. One was found guilty, the other was acquitted for lack of evidence. In Tokyo, Kita Ikki was found guilty of ideological contributions to the February Twenty-sixth Incident, the 1936 coup d’etat attempt that resulted in the deaths of three leading figures in the Japanese government. He was executed by firing squad in 1937. Just over ten years later, in Delhi, lack of evidence led to the acquittal of V.D. Savarkar, tried for having made ideological contributions to the assassination of Mohandas K. Gandhi.

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Hanneman, M.L., 2009. “Mission in Asia”: Kita Ikki, V.D. Savarkar and Radical Nationalism in Early 20th Century Japan and India. ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts, 17(1), pp.67–78. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/ane.215
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Mary L. Hanneman (University of Washington, Tacoma)

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