Written  by London Swaminathan

Date: 17 May 2019

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Post No. 6403

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52 lakhs died in just three states of India.

Half baked historians and selfish politicians spread a myth that the British rule did lot of good to India and people lived happily. Even innocent students had that illusion because they were taught history written by the British. It glorified the British rule in India and praised the British as builders of Modern India. But millions of Indians died in India due to starvation and famine. British did not help the general public  but allowed the Christian missionaries to do the job with a motive.

Even the London Times newspaper published the statistics on those deaths. They were happy that the famine helped them to bring the Hindus into Christian fold. They praised the British contribution to the missionaries. Even today the Christian Aid Agencies follow the same tactics. After every natural disaster they publish full page advertisements seeking donations. Only when they are trapped in some cases like the recent sex abuses by the missionaries and Christian aid agencies, people came to know that they received a fat salary, stayed in 4 or 5 star hotels and travelled in business class. In short, at the news of every earth quake, flood, storm, famine and Tsunami they feel very happy.

Here is what London Times reported 150 years ago.


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  1. Many so called ‘educated’ Indians have been schooled in the belief that the British rule was a force for change , modernisation, progress of India.Even many old Indian conservatives believed that the British gave us ‘good’ government. Our people in general had no idea how the British colonial system operated, though they themselves were the victims!
    The British destroyed our native industries, drove people to dependence on agriculture; when the land could not support them all, they were driven to the towns and cities, to eke out a living as labourers.
    India had not known famines ( except in the Puranas) before the British came. But within twenty years of their taking foothold in Bengal, the first famine reared its head (!793). Adam Smith, the father of modern economics noted in his famous book “The Wealth of Nations” [ 1776] how prosperous Bengal was with its developed agriculture and prosperous industries. But he also wrote that the East India Company was a mere group of traders out to exploit India and that the country would suffer! It was so remarkable and prescient on his part that he wrote this within twenty years of the British establishing themselves in Bengal. Famines, starvation and death became a recurring feature under the British.
    Romesh Chunder Dutt, an ICS officer, who also became a President of the Indian National Congress was a great researcher. He looked into the records, and wrote The Economic History Of India in two volumes.[1893]. Here he captured in great detail how our agriculture.,industries and commerce were systematically destroyed, quoting from the official records and testimony of Britishers themselves. His observations are all based on original sources, but they have not become part of our official knowledge stream, yet.
    Dadabhai Naoroji wrote about India’s poverty under the British. Later, Mahatma Gandhi wrote about the economic decline of India under the British. But it lost focus, as he wrote too much on too many subjects.
    After Independence, Nehru continued all the colonial policies.
    When the British hold tightened on India and their area expanded, they collected massive amounts of information/statistics on our economic, political and social conditions, but did not share them with the public.They were lying in the archives. Our historians merely repeated what the colonial powers said in public, never looked at the original records or sources.
    Years later, one Dharampal a follower of Gandhiji sat in the British Museum and other libraries in England, pored over the original papers and documents and in the absence of photocopying facilities then, wrote them down in long hand. These have since been published in five volumes as The Collected Writings of Dharampal” [Other India Press, Mapusa, Goa]. These volumes show, on the basis of British records themselves how prosperous India was in the mid-18th century and how the British systematically destroyed it.
    The poverty of India was entirely a British creation, famine and starvation were its cruel manifestations.
    This approach of the British continued even in the twentieth century, till the very end, even in the 1940s. Madhusree Mukerjee has shown in her book “Churchill’s Secret War” [Tranquebar,2010] how Churchill wantonly denied food grains to famine hit Bengal in 1943-44. He did not allow even the grains given by America to reach Bengal to save the starving millions. Churchill may be a hero in Britain, but to us he is a naked villain, causing the death of millions of Indians. Our people were so disciplined that even in their starvation, they did not resort to violence. Even Netaji wondered why they had not rioted, and looted when they fell dead right in front of the grain shops!
    All these are not taught to our history or economics students. We still swallow colonial concoctions. The Congress party has become an apologist for the British as the agent of beneficial change, which is also the leftist theme. In the circumstances, it comes as a surprise that Shashi Tharoor, a Congress MP recently came with his book “An Era of Darkness” [ Aleph Book Company, 2016] which deals in detail with the dark side of the British colonial rule and shows how disastrous it was for India.
    In 1930, American historian Will Durant said that the deliberate British bleeding of India was the greatest crime in all history. Alas, Indians are yet to realise it.


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