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Indian Resistance (Battle of Belusium)

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The "om", a symbol widely used by the Indian resistance, most notably the "Hand of Shiva".

The Indian Resistance (Hindi: भारतीय प्रतिरोध; Bhāratīya pratirōdha) is a name used to denote the Indian resistance movements after the Greater Indian Raj was annexed by the United Islamic Republic. Resistance cells were generally groups of armed men and women, who in addition to insurgency tactics, also gave radio broadcasts, and hacked television networks. During the Second World War, the resistance fed information to the Coalition, specifically China and Egypt. Members of the resistance came from every block of life, from nobles, to merchants, to farmers. Initially, the caste system remained in the resistance, but eventually different members of different castes began to work together.


The vast majority of the Indian population (82% at the least) was Hindu during the time of the annexation. When the royal family was toppled, and the surviving members exiled, the radical Islamist government began enforcing strict religious conformity. Populations were either forced to convert to Islam, pay a religious tax (which steadily increased as time progressed), or leave India. If all three were refused, the person in question would be imprisoned, and eventually executed.

The Islamist forces stationed in India were given free reign to due what they wished throughout the region. They were allowed to enter into a person's home, and take whatever they pleased, and depending on the commander, soldiers that assaulted women were not punished. Indian natives were prohibited from owning large business, and could not be superior to an Arab in any rank. Sharia law was installed as the main system of crime and punishment throughout the land, and even those who did not convert to Islam (but paid the tax), were forced to abide strictly by it.

Freedom of the press, prior to the invasion, was already limited, but after the annexation, the press became completely owned by the government. Television stations became restricted to channels and broadcasts that were approved by the regional governor, and books deemed "anti-Islam" were publicly burned.

To combat the resistance, the Islamist government initiated large scale massacres so as to intimidate the resistance into submission. The most notable of such events is the "Massacre of Aizwal", in which up to a hundred thousand people were killed when the UIR air force bombed the city.

Elements of the Indian Resistance

The resistance consisted of men and women from all caste systems and all forms of occupation. Most members of the resistance were native Hindus, though practitioners of other religions were allowed to join, and participate in the movements.

Harjeet Rebanta, a former member of the resistance, and writer of the book "Serving the Fallen King", commented that the resistance gave a chance for caste members who would otherwise avoid each other, to engage in activity. This lessened the rigidity of the system. Most members were of the Sudra, or Vaishya caste; many Bhramins were either exiled, or executed, but a sizable amount participate in the resistance. The Kshatryia caste were generally not members, as most of the members had died in the previous war.


A slight majority of the resistance were supporters of the Raj-in-exile. A television station that was based in China regularly broadcasted messages with speeches given by Prince Nagendra, where it was watched by the Indian populace in secret. In his earliest broadcast, he declared himself Maharajah of India (a declaration that was unopposed amongst other surviving Royals), and gave his "first order" to fight against the Islamist.

Nagendra II (as he was called) quickly gained recognition and influence across India, with one resistance leader commenting "I am a soldier of his Excellency, nothing more". Most of the Indian resistance members fled to north, to the less populated parts of the country, though they would often travel south, to conduct their guerrilla warfare against the Islamists. Royalists would graffiti सभी राज जय हो (Sabhī rāja jaya hō; Eng: "All hail the Raj") on walls, or propaganda posters.

During the Indian campaign, during which China invaded, many Indians joined forces with the army, forming the Free Indian Army. They participated in the Battle of Bengal, with General Shang Li-Huang saying "If not for the Indians, the battle could've gone differently".

In the Battle of Raigad, the Islamist government was expelled, and an interim government was put into place, until Nagendra II arrived, where he was formally coronated to a massive crowd.


Members of Hindu radical cells were noted for being considerably more violent than many of their counterparts. They would behead soldiers, and then broadcast the beheadings on hacked television networks.

Islamist Collaborators


Networks and Movements

Television and Radio



Guerrilla Warfare



Non-Violent Resistance

Foreign Recognition

All Indian resistance cells were designated terrorist organizations by the United Islamic Republic, Kingdom of Ghana, Empire of Japan, and Free African Union. The only member of the Grand Powers that did not designate it a terrorist organization was the Aztec Hegemony. Despite constant political pressure, Emperor Mazatl never addressed the issue, commenting "India is more than an ocean away, and I've got much issues much closer to Tenochtitlan that I need to deal with".

The recognition of other governments was more mixed. The Roman Republic designated the True Path a terrorist cell, but not the Hand of Shiva. The Russian Tsardom designated all groups terrorist organizations, due to Indian attacks occasionally spilling over into Russian territory.

Role During Second World War

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