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When war came to Assam

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  • Peter GW Keen
    Peter Keen has been a professor at leading universities across the world, including Harvard, MIT and Stanford in the US and in Singapore, The
    Netherlands, Mexico and UK. He is the author of over thirty books on the links between business innovation and technology.
    Peter was born in Singapore, brought up in England and now lives in Virginia in the US.

    Peter loves tea and loves writing. His latest book, Tea Tips: A Guide to Finding and Enjoying Tea was published in February 2017.
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  1. Saugot Chowdhury says

    Dear Mr. Peter. Thank you very much for the article. I have a long fascination with our colonial history and have been searching books, reports and photographs which can give our people a part of our history that have long been forgotten. Thanks for bringing in the tea connection of Assam to the WWII Indo-Brit-US efforts, as well thanks for providing the name of the books” The Forgotten Frontier”.

    Warm Regards,

    Saugot Chowdhury, Guwahati, Assam

    • Peter GW Keen
      peter keen says

      Thanks for the comment. As I have explored Indian history as part of my tea interests, I was very moved by the sacrifice of so many Indians for a colonial power that took it as a due. The words in the monument can’t be forgotten.

  2. Aneesa Aazimi says

    Fascinating. Thank you for the lesson. How touching the gravestone poem is. “When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today.” We will never forget, unknown labourer and unknown soldier.

  3. Natalia says

    Thank you for the fantastic article! My favorite part was about fair trade and rainforest alliance sometime we sip our favorite tea forgetting the backgrounds and the marvelous people who work under rain in sun in the tea plantations. Thank you!

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  5. Siddhartha Banerjee says

    Kohima, “Stalingrad of the East.

    Do you have any idea of what happened in Stalingrad?

    One can make a point without exaggeration. Kohima was terrible enough but it was no Stalingrad.

    • Peter GW Keen
      peter keen says

      Yes, I am thoroughly familiar with Stalingrad. I was quoting, from the formal words of the military historians I referred to. They equated the two battles in seriousness, intensity, consequence and intensity, rather than some metric of terribleness. It’s just a quote and I don’t think I made any exaggerations in my the piece

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