Would India be better off if the Axis won World War II? Assume the following: 1. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, and not Nehru, becomes India's first prime minister. 2. The Bose government is pro-Axis and allied with the Japanese. 3. Britain is devastated by the war and is in no position to exercise control over its colonies. 4. Partition, which was historically supported by the British, never occurred. 5. India and the Axis powers, particularly Japan, maintain friendly relations for the forseeable future. Possible benefits for India: 1. No Partition, no Pakistan, no Kashmir issue. Islamic fundamentalism is not a major problem. 2. Tibet remains de facto independent, and there is no PRC in India's backyard. 3. No British/American control over strategic territories in the Indian Ocean, such as Diego Garcia. 4. The economic needs of India and Japan are complementary. Japan needs raw materials and a large market, which India can provide. India needs investment and technology, which Japan can provide. 5. No Gandhi dynasty in Indian politics, and marginalization of the Congress Party. I might add on to this list as discussion ensues. I understand that this a controversial topic for many people, and that many foreign members here have had their countries historically suffer under the Axis powers. However, I request to all posters to avoid making emotional statements, and use clear logic only. As a disclaimer, I am not personally pro-Axis, and this thread is for historical debate purposes only. Please refrain from personal attacks. Thank you. EDIT: Assumption 5 added for sake of simplicity in discussion.