Britain is responsible for deaths of 35 million Indians, says acclaimed author Shashi Tharoor
The Congress MP also calls for the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata to be turned into a museum about colonial rule
Monday 13 March 2017 15:45
Britain was responsible for the deaths of 35 million Indians, according to Shashi Tharoor.
The Congress MP made the claim in an article for Al Jazeera and also called on the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata to be turned into a museum about British rule.
Mr Tharoor is also an author, and penned the book An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India and had previously called on Britain to pay reparations to its former colonies.
“It is time that it be converted to serve as a reminder of what was done to India by the British, who conquered one of the richest countries in the world (27 per cent of global gross domestic product in 1700) and reduced it to, after over two centuries of looting and exploitation, one of the poorest, most diseased and most illiterate countries on Earth by the time they left in 1947,” he wrote in an Al Jazeera column.
“…Nor is there any memorial to the massacres of the Raj, from Delhi in 1857 to Amritsar in 1919, the deaths of 35 million Indians in totally unnecessary famines caused by British policy,” he added.
Britain ruled India from 1858 until 1947 and several of Mr Tharoor’s articles and speeches discussing the era have gone viral and triggered mass support in India.
In the past he has referred to former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill as “a thoroughly unpleasant scoundrel”.
Mr Churchill is not remembered fondly in India and during the Bengal famine in 1943, where up to three million people died, the war-time Prime Minister refused to send aid and said it was the fault of the Indians for “breeding like rabbits”. ...
I don't have a problem with funding for museums ... I'm just don't think now is the best time for it. With everything going on funding a new museum should be the least of their concerns.For QLD posters should Morrison and Deb Frecklington squander taxpayers money funding a Holocaust Museum!
Beside it being the inappropriate timing to fund something like this when the nation is spiralling Into debt!There have been many more atrocities than just the Holocaust.
The near extermination of Tasmanian natives was one of them.
The near extermination of the American Indians is another.
The dispossession and expulsion of Palestinians from their homes and land is another.
The Shabra Shatila massacre of Palestinian women and children is another.
The killing of a million Iraqis and the destruction of their cities and infrastructure based on lies by American leaders is another.
The mistreatment and murder of millions of Germans and Japanese after WW2 is another.
The genocide of Armenians by Turkey is another.
And now, the winner of the prize for greatest Holocaust perpetrator in the world goes to the UK for the deaths of ~35 millions of Indians: