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British Raj – A Tale of Disciplined Snollygosters
- Sayan Deb Halder
The historical story of colonisation of India has been a customary topic of discussion over several years. With varying familiar yet staggering insights, the past seems to be a metaphorical representation of Pandora’s Box. The unboxing of which led to a period of 200 years of British requisition over Indian land. The Indians were defenestrated from their own birth rights and were used as servants in their own motherland. Not a cheerful past to commemorate but a powerful present to refute the misconception about them being the harbinger of Indian infrastructure and establisher of Indian democracy. India a shareholder of nearly 26 per cent of global GDP before the British raj was left as a barren terra firma with a global share of 4 per cent during the departure of the Brits. A country that would lend to the world was even deprived of the strength of borrowing after becoming independent. “India was looted”, well embraced by Dr Shashi Tharoor’s ecstatic words which said, “they brought their rotten boroughs in England on the proceeds of their loot in India, while taking the Hindi word loot into their dictionary as well as their habits”. It signified the bold character of narcissist mind set of the British society. A devastating plunder that took place cannot be compensated even with the claim of heavy reparations from the latter. The British history which is passed down through the generations via their academics, are filled with rodomontades about their glorious past and elegant achievements. the series of events which took place over 200 years doesn’t require historical vindications. Their purpose to come and rule over India is a clear example of a portmanteau of the words greed and pompousness whose further justification is redundant. Down the line Indians have made a proud progress from the country which missed the bus of industrialisation rather thrown under its wheels as implicated by Dr. Tharoor to the country currently the co-conductor of the same bus. Britain never knew about adding spices to their food, currently embraces “Chicken tikka butter masala” as their national dish. India is back on its feet and continues to amuse the world with its awe inspiring creations and stories.