Dr Shashi Tharoor MP – Britain Does Owe Reparations for British Colonialism – video

Dr Shashi Tharoor MP – Britain Does Owe Reparations 

Published on Jul 14, 2015 – One of the best speeches by an Indian ever on the subject of British reparations. It’s from an Indian MP, Dr Shashi Tharoor, invited to speak at the Oxford Union Society in a debate on Reparations for British Colonialism. The debate’s proposition was ….Does Britain Owe Reparations to India And Other Former Colonies?

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  • demerwater  On February 19, 2017 at 6:29 am

    I thought it strange; the name, Sir Francis Drake, being invoked by a West Indian parent, to scare children into behaving. But not because I myself never heard the reference means that it was not a custom.
    I associate the name ‘Lady Drake’ with the elegant ships that visited Guyana. There were the three or four “lady-boats” that plied the route from Canada to the West Indies and British Guiana.

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On February 21, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    This Dr. Tharoor’s video has been out and around for awhile. He has joined many others who have documented British imperialism impoverishment of India. it is why India is called the “Jewel in the Crown”.

    Unfortunately, the Guyanese historian, Clem Seecharan, chooses to ignore all this evidence and instead gives the British a pass by asserting that the indentured Indians ran away from their blighted, famine-ridden India, and ‘dark pasts’.
    “… the immemorial poverty…notoriously brutal region of India…macabre spectre of an early grave because of famine and disease…fled India… agonising reality of lives in India, blighted by famines and the loss of child-wives and child-husbands…” .https://guyaneseonline.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/theeldoradocomplexintheshapingofindo-guyanese1.pdf

    This coconut historian lays the blame on the Hindu caste system and early child marriage. Child marriage was NOT a feature of India until the Islamic 800 years invasion/rule. Also, the ‘caste’ system became significant and rigid under both the Islamic and British imperialism as these outsider rulers played clans and groups against each other to divide and rule. The caste system which was fluid (one could move from caste to caste) became very rigid under the British censuses. In fact the word caste is derived from Portuguese ‘casta’ meaning ‘pure lineage’. I will deal with this extensively when I release a book later in the year critiquing Seecharan’s distorted and derisive narrative.

    Veda Nath Mohabir

  • Ron Saywack  On February 23, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Recruitment methods used by British agents to capture Indians for shipment to the Caribbean:

    “They were recruited, very often on spurious promises, by professional recruiters, largely assisted by paid local agents called “Arkatis” in North India and “Maistris” in South India.

    This system of recruitment by local agents formed the backbone of all recruiting operations from the inception of the system to its cessation in 1917.

    Intimidation, coercion and deception were very often used to recruit Indian labourers. Women, in particular, were very vulnerable. When labourers were difficult to enlist, the recruiters resorted to such illegal practices as kidnapping and forced detention.

    Many recruited to be shipped off the Caribbean, were falsely advised on where they were heading. Names of places would be altered, to fit a higher meaning.

    For example, recruiters told migrants, heading to Dutch Suriname they were heading to Sri-Ram, instead of Suriname, taking into account, Ram in the Hindu religion means, a religious place where good triumphs evil.”

    Conditions onboard those ships were horrible, food and water were in short supply. The sea voyages took three to months from the Port of Calcutta to Georgetown.

    Many migrants died onboard and their bodies unceremoniously dumped at sea, just as was the case during hundreds of years of the African slave trade.

    The British, by all barometers, was an evil empire!

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