Shashi Tharoor ’s stirring speech
- On why Britain must compensate India for it’s Colonial Rule
Did the British Raj modernize India, ushering in an era of industrialism? The ruthlessness of the colonial rulers cost India its economy, autonomy and its very essence of freedom. Britain owes reparations to India for the wrongs committed during the 200 years of its colonial rule. Earnings from colonialism in India pulled Scotland out of poverty and helped make it prosperous. With India gone, no wonder the bonds are loosening…
These were the words spoken by the congress MP from Kerala Shashi Tharoor. He captured the audience on the occasion of his speech at the Oxford Union Society. He opined what the British owe us. His bold and lucid arguments, captured in a video, are now going viral on popular social networking platform Facebook and YouTube.
Taking into detail the other speakers, Tharoor said reparations needn’t be doled out as a tool of empowerment but as a means of atonement for the British Empire. The ruthlessness of the colonial rulers cost India its economy, autonomy and its very essence of freedom. He said it is evident from the fact that the Sun couldn’t set on the British Empire, because even God couldn’t trust the English in the dark.”
Shashi Tharoor, a former under Secretary-General at the United Nations, an author of several books and an excellent English orator, puts forward his arguments with clarity and supported by statistics and evidence.
Tharoor, while concluding his 14 minutes speech, says the question of reparations owed, how much must be paid and to whom, are not the pressing ones. It is rather accepting that a debt is owed, wrong has been done and to “simply say sorry” that would go far longer way than any monetary aid.
A very focused and “must see “video.