Saturday, December 6, 2014

HISTORY OF BRITISH UNTOLD ABOUT.

Photo: THE HISTORY UNTOLD : 

In school, during history class, we learnt a lot about the British Raj. They told us how the British built railways,roads,canals, bridges and also started the postal system in India. We were told, how they brought in the industrial revolution. In fact, the British were so glorified in the books, that at times, I actually felt grateful to them for the development in the fields of communication and transportation.  

But what the books forgot to mention, was that, this development was not for the nation or its people. It was for their own interests. The British used the transport and communication system to export food grains, cotton etc to other parts of the world. The export of such items, for which there was a shortage in the world markets, due to the world wars, fetched a lot of  wealth to the British empire. 

And how did this trade affect the Indians ? Here is something that our history books did not tell us, but each one of us should know. 

In 1943, there was a major famine in Bengal. Somewhere between 3 to 4 million people died. The deaths were due to starvation, malnutrition and disease.The famine also caused major economic and social disruption, ruining millions of families.This famine was due to the unsympathetic and ruthless policies. of the British. There was not really a shortage of food grains in India, but the British exported almost all the food to its troops all over the world, while millions of Indians starved to death.More than 70,000 tons of food was exported worldwide as the famine set in. When Winston Churchill received a message from Delhi about the increasing deaths of Indians, his only reply was that he regretted that Mahatma Gandhi was not one of the victims.

Hitler was responsible for the death of  approximately 11 million people over a period of four years. While 4 million people died in one year in India. This comparison is just to understand the magnitude of the unfortunate event, which has been completely forgotten and ignored by the world. Its a shame, that instead of letting the future generations know the truth, our history, that we are taught in school is manipulated and distorted to suit the vested interests of some. 

http://www.ibtimes.com/bengal-famine-1943-man-made-holocaust-1100525

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/82/a1934282.shtml

~ Poonam Patil Kalra
THE HISTORY UNTOLD : 

In school, during history class, we learnt a lot about the British Raj. They told us how the British built railways,roads,canals, bridges and also started the postal system in India. We were told, how they brought in the industrial revolution. In fact, the British were so glorified in the books, that at times, I actually felt grateful to them for the development in the fields of communication and transportation.

But what the books forgot to mention, was that, this development was not for the nation or its people. It was for their own interests. The British used the transport and communication system to export food grains, cotton etc to other parts of the world. The export of such items, for which there was a shortage in the world markets, due to the world wars, fetched a lot of wealth to the British empire.

And how did this trade affect the Indians ? Here is something that our history books did not tell us, but each one of us should know.

In 1943, there was a major famine in Bengal. Somewhere between 3 to 4 million people died. The deaths were due to starvation, malnutrition and disease.The famine also caused major economic and social disruption, ruining millions of families.This famine was due to the unsympathetic and ruthless policies. of the British. There was not really a shortage of food grains in India, but the British exported almost all the food to its troops all over the world, while millions of Indians starved to death.More than 70,000 tons of food was exported worldwide as the famine set in. When Winston Churchill received a message from Delhi about the increasing deaths of Indians, his only reply was that he regretted that Mahatma Gandhi was not one of the victims.


Hitler was responsible for the death of approximately 11 million people over a period of four years. While 4 million people died in one year in India. This comparison is just to understand the magnitude of the unfortunate event, which has been completely forgotten and ignored by the world. Its a shame, that instead of letting the future generations know the truth, our history, that we are taught in school is manipulated and distorted to suit the vested interests of some.

http://www.ibtimes.com/bengal-famine-1943-man-made-holocaust-1100525

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/82/a1934282.shtml