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Thursday, 9 March 2017

Exposed: Atrocities committed by British

(Image credit: BBC) The British empire originated between late 16th century and early 18th century when England established posts overseas and possess foreign lands by means of trade. The English men were smart enough to decipher and conquer large and important lands outside her own territory which they categorized as either mandates, colonies, the Dominicans, protectorates etc ruled by the United Kingdom. In Africa, large lands from south of the continent to the west were all under the rule of British. India, China and other territories in Asia were also part of the British empire. America and Australia were also not left-out during the plunder which the British extended to some part of her own continent. Some scholars assumes the English people at this time changed the face of their industry through revolution and prospered economically. Also Militarily, the empire had a sophisticated military "armed to the teeth" With the-then "modern" warfare weapon like gun, the British invaded and conquered a whole vast of the planet. Indian Former rep of UN under-secretary general Dr Shashi Tharoor said the British education system fails to tell the real story of empire. He said: "There's no real awareness of the atrocities, of the fact that Britain financed its Industrial Revolution and its prosperity from the depredations of empire, the fact that 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." At its height in 1922, the British empire governed a fifth of the world's population and a quarter of the world's total land area.  Although proponents of Empire say it brought various economic developments to parts of the world it controlled, critics point to massacres, famines and the use of concentration camps by the British Empire. According to The Independent, the worst atrocities of the British empire on her subjects are Mau Mau uprising (1951-1960) which was triggered by the maltreatment of thousands of elderly Kenyans in the concentration camp by the British occupational forces. Starving of children in India 1945 Between 12 and 29 million was also another forgotten atrocity of the British empire. Indians died of starvation under the control of the empire. 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. In 1943, up to four million Bengalis starved to death when Winston Churchill diverted food to British soldiers and countries such as Greece while a deadly famine swept through Bengal.  Talking about the Bengal famine in 1943, Churchill said: “I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion. The famine was their own fault for breeding like rabbits.” Aside this, the British empire also succeeded in breaking India to parts. British lawyer and law lord Cyril Radcliffe, 1st Viscount Radcliffe (1899 - 1977) at the Colonial Office, London, July 1956 In 1947, Cyril Radcliffe was tasked with drawing the border between India and the newly created state of Pakistan over the course of a single lunch.  After Cyril Radcliffe split the subcontinent along religious lines, uprooting over 10 million people, Hindus in Pakistan and Muslims in India were forced to escape their homes as the situation quickly descended into violence.  Some estimates suggest up to one million people lost their lives in sectarian killings. In Africa, the barbaric activity of the British empire is also emphasized as Armed Afrikaners (British invaders) During the Second Boer War (1899-1902), rounded up around a sixth of the Boer population - mainly women and children - and detained them in camps, which were overcrowded and prone to outbreaks of disease, with scant food rations. Of the 107,000 people interned in the camps, 27,927 Boers died, along with an unknown number of black Africans.  The Amritsar massacre in now Bangladesh is another sacrilege committed by the Brits during one of her foreign occupation. A young visitor looks at a painting depicting the Amritsar Massare at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar When peaceful protesters defied a government order and demonstrated against British colonial rule in Amritsar, India, on 13 April 1919, they were blocked inside the walled Jallianwala Gardens and fired upon by Gurkha soldiers.  The soldiers, under the orders of Brigadier Reginald Dyer, kept firing until they ran out of ammunition, killing between 379 and 1,000 protesters and injuring another 1,100 within 10 minutes.  Brigadier Dyer was later lauded a hero by the British puyblic, who raised £26,000 for him in appreciation

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