THE WISDOM FUND: News & Views
March 13, 2015
The Toledo Blade

The Little-known Dark Side of Winston Churchill

Asians know his policies led to starvation of 3 million Indians

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 humanity.

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?" . . .

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[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]

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[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]

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["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]

[All this made India (which included the future state of Pakistan) the largest Allied creditor after the US. Britain owed her £1.335 billion ($5.23 billion, which is about $59 billion today). . . .

Britain is said to have secretly sounded out the US, and received a discreet assurance that she could avoid repaying India, Pakistan, Egypt and others their wartime debt in convertible currency.--Kannan Srinivasan, "How India Paid to Create the London of Today," thewire.in, April 20, 2017]

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