The victory in Burma enabled the British to leave South and Southeast Asia after the war with dignity, pride and honour intact. Unlike their fellow colonists the French and the Dutch.
Would that be a correct analysis, Johann ?
Mandeep, I have a feeling that with your own vast knowledge of Indian military history this is something of a tongue-in-cheek question
If as you say Britain was able to effect a cheaper and less humiliating exit, it was not because of wartime performance, but better post-war judgement. You can compare British choices in Malaya and Burma to those made by the French and Dutch in SE Asia. They recognised that times had changed and that there was no point in attempting to hold on by the fingernails. The age of empire had passed, and Cold War priorities were already beginning to trump any sentimental attachments.
On the other hand there's no question that the career army was proud and delighted to exorcise the defeats of 1942, but that went beyond staying or leaving. Battle honours are battle honours.
I think it was somewhere in the order of a billion pounds in 1947 - I dont remember how much of it was accumulated in the war itself. Post independence it basically allowed India to modernise its forces while keeping current spending low, and without having to seek military aid like Pakistan or other developing countries.
Jagan, dont forget the Vikrant, or indeed other IN vessels!