Feb 29, 2024
Feb 29, 2024
|Winston Churchill was reluctant to surrender the British Empire. He had little love for India’s political leaders. Arguing against giving India independence he reportedly said:
“Power will go to the hands of rascals, rogues, freebooters; all Indian leaders will be of low calibre and men of straw. They will have sweet tongues and silly hearts. They will fight amongst themselves for power and India will be lost in political squabbles. A day would come when even air and water... would be taxed in India ."
This statement by him has been widely quoted and vilified. But a careful reading of it suggests that Churchill was not blaming the mass of Indian people as much as the class that ruled them. His reference to the plight of the public that might be taxed even for air and water indicates that. Churchill acquired his view of the Indian elite through Britain’s interaction with India s political leaders during the freedom struggle.
More by : Dr. Rajinder Puri
|"Unless the wolves are pleased, no business is
Allowed to go on smoothly in the society;
The wolves in nexus with the political buffaloes and police dogs
Hunt humble animals in the society for their convenience;
This nexus threatens the judicial animals too to their advantage
If anyone goes to law for justice on any ground;
If such is the state of the dominating animals,
How can nation stand high and lead the world?"
-From Animal Farm Again
|Let me quote the poem I posted in boloji long ago.
They are busy pulling down their own home
On their own head
For they are free.
They have been so too long
And now they feel bored of their freedom
Fathered by an impotent wretch
On a barren whore.
A malignant growth spreads apace
With an impassive face
One by one it kills all the cells
Both living and dead
When this gangrenous race
Has rotten to its very core
What will that eunuch time hold
For the survivors in store?
|Excellent article! Well articulated!!
I don't like Winston Churchill. I think he was an arrogant ba....rd. He slighted Indians. He had derogatory comments about Gandhi, the man whom the rest of the world, including Einstein, thinks of as the man of the millennium.
After reading his comments, about us as leaders, as quoted by you I sat dumbfounded. It makes me sick to my stomach to admit that he was right. What a pity? What in the world is wrong with us any way?