Thursday, January 19, 2023

“Beg for Pardon”

India, like many other countries in the world, had been under colonial rule for a few centuries. The colonial mindset is such that they try to take advantage from their colony though they also try to make people believe that they did a lot of good to them. The famine in Bengal in which lakhs of people died did not affect the British. They were happily exporting jute from it. The colonizers brought many slaves from Ghana when there was suffering. The money and services they got from countries under their rule were used for the beautification of cities like London and Glasgow. But they never acknowledged our contribution to their country. It is the same with USA, and many other European countries.

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Between 1765 and 1938 the British looted 45 Trillion Pound Sterling from India but they never regret it even today. Still they go on lecturing us about what is good for us. The literacy rate in India was 13% when the British left us. Is this the development they brought in India? They destroyed the landscape in India and made it a coal dependant country.

They have been having condescending attitude towards us 400 years ago and the same mentality continues till date. They lecture us about what to do and what not to do. US spends 25% of Earth’s resources though their population is only 4 -5% of the world population. They talk about controlling pollution and protect environment while outsourcing most of the things from China where carbon emissions are bound to rise because of excessive production. From buckets, nuts and bolts to mobiles they import from China but blame it for pollution. Why would China pollute if things are manufactured in US and European countries. The colonial mentality is not a thing of the past. It continues even today in the form of financial domination through international organizations like IMF which dictate terms to countries while giving our money to us as loan. The British asked us in 1992 in Rio to be together to better the world but they always say it standing on a higher pedestal asking us to bear the brunt.

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There is talk about future and the necessary cooperation for it to be bright. But the third world is worried about the present. 2.7 billion people are going without food and they continue to lecture us about saving for future. 200 political organizations have now come together to fight it out and they are asking when will this fight end even before it started.

Also read: Constitution of India

Rajendra Singh Baisthakur
Rajendra Singh Baisthakur
Rajendra Singh Baisthakur had been a Lecturer in English. He is a poet, critic and translator. His interests are Literature, Philosophy and social media.

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