Dr Ramtanu Maitra exposes one of the greatest crimes of the British empire, the deliberate starvation of some 60,000,000 Indian men, women and children during the colonial era in the subcontinent. It would not be the end of Britain’s imperial crimes either, not by a long shot. The Brits would continue to cause havoc on just about every continent well into the 20th century, perhaps most notably in the African country of Kenya in the 1960s, crimes for which the empire has never fully atoned for or nor has it even attempted to. And though it is now the junior imperial partner to the U.S., the blood of close to a million Iraqis rests upon the hands of the English as America’s partner in a 21st century imperial crusade.
British Colonials Starved to Death 60 million-plus Indians, But, Why?
by Ramtanu Maitra
July 3, 2015 EIR
The chronic want of food and water, the lack of sanitation and medical help, the neglect of means of communication, the poverty of educational provision, the all-pervading spirit of depression that I have myself seen to prevail in our villages after over a hundred years of British rule make me despair of its beneficence. — Rabindranath Tagore
If the history of British rule in India were to be condensed to a single fact, it is this: there was no increase in India’s per-capita income from 1757 to 1947.
Churchill, explaining why he defended the stockpiling of food within Britain, while millions died of starvation in Bengal, told his private secretary that “the Hindus were a foul race, protected by their mere pullulation from the doom that is their due.”
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