The Mutiny of the Royal Indian Navy at Bombay in February 1946

By William Richardson, published May 1993

Abstract

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In February 1946, a “sit down” strike/mutiny broke out among seamen at the RIN Signal School at Colaba, Bombay, and was followed by general disaffection and in some cases violence in RIN bases and ships elsewhere, particularly in Karachi. The root cause was the political campaign for Indian Independence, coupled with a lack of a Divisional system resulting from a 20-fold increase in manpower strength in the War, and with complaints about pay and conditions compared with the Indian Army. Firm action backed by British and Indian Army units resulted in the mutiny collapsing in 3 ½ days.

 

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Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Twentieth C) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

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