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There are some who say that British made India a single country by their administrative reforms. Some say they brought Railways, post and telegraph, education to India. Of course they do nto want to see what damage they did to our country’s religion, culture and heritage and what economic deprivations visited upon our forefathers because of British’s callous and inhumane attitude. Read on to understand teh monster, aka Colonial British rule.
“I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion. The famine was their own fault for breeding like rabbits.”
The British had a ruthless economic agenda when it came to operating in India and that did not include empathy for native citizens. Under the British Raj, India suffered countless famines. But the worst hit was Bengal. The first of these was in 1770, followed by severe ones in 1783, 1866, 1873, 1892, 1897 and lastly 1943-44. Previously, when famines had hit the country, indigenous rulers were quick with useful responses to avert major disasters. After the advent of the British, most of the famines were a consequence of monsoonal delays along with the exploitation of the country’s natural resources by the British for their own financial gain. Yet they did little to acknowledge the havoc these actions wrought. If anything, they were irritated at the inconveniences in taxing the famines brought about.
The first of these famines was in 1770 and was ghastly brutal. The first signs indicating the coming of such a huge famine manifested in 1769 and the famine itself went on till 1773. It killed approximately 10 million people, millions more than the Jews incarcerated during the Second World War. It wiped out one third the population of Bengal. John Fiske, in his book “The Unseen World”, wrote that the famine of 1770 in Bengal was far deadlier than the Black Plague that terrorized Europe in the fourteenth century. Under the Mughal rule, peasants were required to pay a tribute of 10-15 per cent of their cash harvest. This ensured a comfortable treasury for the rulers and a wide net of safety for the peasants in case the weather did not hold for future harvests. In 1765 the Treaty of Allahabad was signed and East India Company took over the task of collecting the tributes from the then Mughal emperor Shah Alam II. Overnight the tributes, the British insisted on calling them tributes and not taxes for reasons of suppressing rebellion, increased to 50 percent. The peasants were not even aware that the money had changed hands. They paid, still believing that it went to the Emperor.
Partial failure of crop was quite a regular occurrence in the Indian peasant’s life. That is why the surplus stock, which remained after paying the tributes, was so important to their livelihood. But with the increased taxation, this surplus deteriorated rapidly. When partial failure of crops came in 1768, this safety net was no longer in place. The rains of 1769 were dismal and herein the first signs of the terrible draught began to appear. The famine occurred mainly in the modern states of West Bengal and Bihar but also hit Orissa, Jharkhand and Bangladesh. Bengal was, of course, the worst hit. Among the worst affected areas were Birbum and Murshidabad in Bengal. Thousands depopulated the area in hopes of finding sustenance elsewhere, only to die of starvation later on. Those who stayed on perished nonetheless. Huge acres of farmland were abandoned. Wilderness started to thrive here, resulting in deep and inhabitable jungle areas. Tirhut, Champaran and Bettiah in Bihar were similarly affected in Bihar.
Prior to this, whenever the possibility of a famine had emerged, the Indian rulers would waive their taxes and see compensatory measures, such as irrigation, instituted to provide as much relief as possible to the stricken farmers. The colonial rulers continued to ignore any warnings that came their way regarding the famine, although starvation had set in from early 1770. Then the deaths started in 1771. That year, the company raised the land tax to 60 per cent in order to recompense themselves for the lost lives of so many peasants. Fewer peasants resulted in less crops that in turn meant less revenue. Hence the ones who did not yet succumb to the famine had to pay double the tax so as to ensure that the British treasury did not suffer any losses during this travesty.
After taking over from the Mughal rulers, the British had issued widespread orders for cash crops to be cultivated. These were intended to be exported. Thus farmers who were used to growing paddy and vegetables were now being forced to cultivate indigo, poppy and other such items that yielded a high market value for them but could be of no relief to a population starved of food. There was no backup of edible crops in case of a famine. The natural causes that had contributed to the draught were commonplace. It was the single minded motive for profit that wrought about the devastating consequences. No relief measure was provided for those affected. Rather, as mentioned above, taxation was increased to make up for any shortfall in revenue. What is more ironic is that the East India Company generated a profited higher in 1771 than they did in 1768.
Although the starved populace of Bengal did not know it yet, this was just the first of the umpteen famines, caused solely by the motive for profit, that was to slash across the country side. Although all these massacres were deadly in their own right, the deadliest one to occur after 1771 was in 1943 when three million people died and others resorted to eating grass and human flesh in order to survive.
Winston Churchill, the hallowed British War prime minister who saved Europe from a monster like Hitler was disturbingly callous about the roaring famine that was swallowing Bengal’s population. He casually diverted the supplies of medical aid and food that was being dispatched to the starving victims to the already well supplied soldiers of Europe. When entreated upon he said, “Famine or no famine, Indians will breed like rabbits.” The Delhi Government sent a telegram painting to him a picture of the horrible devastation and the number of people who had died. His only response was, “Then why hasn’t Gandhi died yet?”
This Independence Day it is worthwhile to remember that the riches of the west were built on the graves of the East. While we honour the brave freedom fighters (as we should), it is victims like these, the ones sacrificed without a moment’s thought, who paid the ultimate price. Shed a tear in their memory and strive to make the most of this hard won independence that we take for granted today. Pledge to stand up those whose voice the world refuses to hear because they are too lowly to matter. To be free is a great privilege. But as a great superhero once said, “With great freedom comes great responsibility.”
The following email exchange is self-evident. While Satyanarayana Dosapati is an avid Hindu activist outside of Bharat, Sri Tapan Ghosh is a well-known Hindu leader from West Bengal who has been fighting Islamic terrorism in his state singlehandedly for years with great danger to his own life. Please share this with your friends and acquaintances and post on your social media.
date: Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 3:10 AM
subject: Tuktuki Mandal released? What next steps?
There are some questions raised now that Tuktuki is under Police custody, what is there to rally about? Tuktuki case has made progress because people across the world rallied together for a single daughter. The situation in West Bengal is so severely grim, there are issues to rally about in every aspect. We are facing a very dangerous situation, a question of survival of millions.
On one side per UN report 28,000 girls per year abducted, just few days ago another girl Diya Tamang from Siliguri (given below) was abducted. Per NDTV report, in Sandeshakali area girls are bought and sold every day. There is a major cleansing of Hindus across 32,000 villages of West Bengal where there are riots almost every day where Hindus are systematically cleansed (see report with pictures given below).
The program of planned Ethnic Cleansing using riots, murders, rape and human trafficking will not go away easily. A leading BJP person whom I spoke just few days ago said, it is not a Pakistan in the making, it is already a Pakistan. Let us hope the positive effect of rallies in USA will be taken to next step with rallies in UK which has a very strong Hindu community that will not lie down and take this.
Here is what Tappan ji said on Tuktuki release that we should take note of.
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Tapan Ghosh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 2:38 AM
Subject: Re: Abducted Tuktuki Rescued by WB Police after 75 days under increa…
I am astonished seeing the naivete of the people. If Tuktuki went on her own, why she would return on her own?
She was under full control of the abductors, fully hand in glove with local police, for long 75 days. What have happened to her – is it difficult to guess? She might have been raped 50 times. More often than not, more than once a day. May be by a number of people. By this time she may be pregnant. She might have been compelled to do abortion.
Are these not enough to break her moral courage?????????? (of a 14 year old minor girl!)
Moreover, She has been repeatedly told that now no Hindu boy will marry her. She will not only be burden to her parents, but no Hindu boy will marry even her sister if she returns home. If her parents accept her, then her family will be boycotted by the Hindu society.
They also threatened her that they would murder her father and brother, and they will lift her little sister too. Tuktuki knows since her childhood how much powerful the Muslims are! Moreover, her kidnapper Babusona Gazi’s father is clerk of unchallenged dawn of the area named Salim. Also Tuktuki saw the dozens and dozens of fire arms (illegal) in their possession during her detention period. Hence, Tuktuki thinks that the threatenings are real.
I have dealt at least 50 cases like this. In this situation the little immature girl thinks, “My life has already been ruined. Now I should not be responsible for ruining my entire family. Let my parents live in peace. I should not be problem for the future life of my brother, sister and other relatives. FOR ALL THESE, I SHOULD SACRIFICE MY LIFE & FUTURE.”
So, the girl surrenders to the tremendous pressure of the culprits and police. Don’t you think it is possible?
Hence, what we have to do? Plz remember the fact – the abducted girl doesn’t know me or Hindu Samhati. The hapless girl doesn’t know that her father is now getting help from some powerful people or organisation after her abduction. She knows – Babusona-s and Salim-s are extremely powerful and her parents are very poor illiterate weak.
In this position, the girl obeys all instructions given to her by the abductors and the culprit police. Hence she gives statement in the court of law as per their wish. AND YOU PEOPLE START SHOUTING – OH! I SAID SO BEFORE! THAT THE GIRL HAS ELOPED WITH THE MUSLIM BOY.
SORRY FRIEND, I DIFFER WITH YOU.
YOU PLZ KEEP IN MIND THE BOTTOM LINE – IN THIS MOGRAHAT AREA (BLOCK) HINDUS ARE 40%, MUSLIMS ARE 60%. HAVE YOU EVER LIVED IN SUCH AN AREA??
I fought and fighting dozens & dozens of case like this. I am not upset. I am not frustrated. I am very much accustomed with all these. I fight till last. I will fight till last in this Tuktuki’s case too.
I can only request you to try to know the ground realities and try to understand the difficult condition of the Hindus living in a Muslim majority area. And then deliver your judgement.
Regards to all.
Here is one person wrote on Facebook where things go:
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Souptik Mukherjee <email@example.com>
Date: 2015-07-21 1:24 GMT-04:00
Subject: Tuktuki furture, as MP candidate for 2014, Abhijit Das or Bobby Das sees it
সত্যি বলতে কি, টুকটুকির ঘটনা আমার কাছে খুব একটা আশ্চর্যজনক নয়, কারন এই ঘটনা প্রায়ই ঘটছে দঃ ২৪ পরগনায়। সেগুলি নিউজে আসেনা। আমার কাছেই প্রতিমাসে ৬-৭ টা এই ধরনের ঘটনা আসে। তাই এইসব দেখে ও লড়াই করতে করতে আমি ক্লান্ত।
কারন আমি জানি এরপর কি হবে।কালের গতিতে টুকটুকি কাহিনি ,আর সব মেয়েগুলির মতই্ ,চাপা পরে যাবে। তার ঠাই হবে হোমে. হোমে গিয়ে বাবুসোনা গাজির লোকজন ঘুষ দিয়ে টুকটুকির সাথে দেখা করবে ,আর তারপর ১৮ বছর হলেই , চলে যাবে মোল্লাদের ঘরেই ,কারন এইকদিনেই সে পেয়েছে শারীরিক সুখ একি সাথে তাকে গ্রাস করবে এই আতঙ্ক” আমাকে কোন হিন্দু ছেলেরা তো বিয়ে করবেনা । তার থেকে ভাগ্য যেখানে নিয়ে যাচ্ছে সেখানেই যাই ।” তার বাবা- মায়ের কিছুই করার থাকবে না। আর তখন অনেকের কাছেই টুকটুকি কাহিনী মনে হবে LOST GAME !
In fact, I am not amazed by Tuktuki events, because these events often occur in South 24 Paraganas . Media do not cover them. These events come to me each month 6-7 at least. So seeing these things often, I am tired of fighting.
Because I know what will happen next, like all stories it will be buried later. She will get her place in the correctional home and Babusona Ghazi’s men will bribe the guards to visit Tuktuki. And then when she is 18 years, she would leave to settle with Babusona Ghazi, because her rapist would present himself as her lover and she would have at the back of her mind that no Hindu boy will marry me. So if Its where the fate is leading me then let’s go there. Her dad and mom will stand helpless then. And for many people Tuktuki story will feel like LOST GAME!
A lengthy but interesting read from Slate: