by S. Amjad Hussain
. . . Enough time has passed since his death in 1965 to reassess Mr. Churchill's legacy. For
the people of South Asia, he was not a hero. He was a racist who was responsible for the
death by starvation of 3 million Indians. His actions constituted a crime against
Those people died of a preventable famine in Bengal and other parts of India. Mr.
Churchill ordered vital food supplies and medical aid to be sent from India to already
well-supplied soldiers in Europe. The British also carried out a scorched-earth policy
along the India-Burma border in the hope that Japan would not invade India from Burma.
Some British administrators in India objected to the policies dictated by London. But
they were rebuffed. Mr. Churchill's response to the Bengal famine was: Famine or no
famine, "Indians will breed like rabbits".
When the British viceroy in India sent a telegram to Mr. Churchill detailing the
devastation and the number of people who had died of hunger, the prime minister asked:
"Then why hasn't Gandhi died yet?" . . .
Enver Masud, "Holocaust
Remembrance Veils Criminal Policies," The Wisdom Fund, April 22, 2001
Gideon Polya, "The Forgotten Holocaust - The 1943/44 Bengal Famine,"
globalavoidablemortality.blogspot.com, July 11, 2005
[This Bengal Holocaust became a Forgotten Holocaust . . . Yet it was
to the WW2 Bengal Famine that the word "Holocaust" was first
applied--Gideon Polya, "UK, US And Israeli State
Terrorism And Western Holocaust Denial," Countercurrents.org, December 21, 2006]
AUDIO: "The Bengal Famine," BBC Radio 4, January 7, 2008
[What about the Brits and their famines, which they were using as population control and
intimidation tactics in India! In Bengal at least 5 million died in 1943 alone, 5.5
million in 1876-78, 5 million in 1896-97, to name just a few terrorist acts committed by
the British Empire against a defenseless population forced to live under its horrid and
oppressive terrorist regime!--Andre Vltchek, "How the
West Creates Terrorism," counterpunch.org, January 22, 2016]
"British Reduced India From the Richest to the
Poorest Country in World," counterpunch.org, December 22, 2016
["Britain came to one of the richest countries in the world in the 18th century and reduced it,
after two centuries of plunder, to one of the poorest." . . .
Between 12 and 29 million Indians died of starvation while it was under the control of
the British Empire, as millions of tons of wheat were exported to Britain as famine
raged in India.--"5 of
the worst atrocities carried out by British Empire claims," independent.co.uk, March 5, 2017]