Shashi Tharoor is one of the most outspoken critics of the British rule in India. He has, time and again, lashed out at the Colonial rulers for eviscerating India’s economy and leaving the nation in a dying state. He is probably the only Indian politician who had the gall to demand reparations from the British for the numerous crimes committed by the Empire during the Raj. And he did that before a packed audience at Oxford in Great Britain!
He has since been appearing on British TV raising his demand and eloquently making the case for India. Tharoor’s command over the English language and oratory skill has helped him win the debates against historians and British anchors who defend the Colonial rule.
Earlier this week, the Congress politician participated in a Q&A on an Australian TV network, ABC News, for a panel discussion on “Antifa, Women & Doomsday”. (In case you did not know, Australia is governed under the Constitutional Monarchy system, which means that the British Queen, Elizabeth II, is the monarch of Australia.)
On that show, an Indian-Australian decided to ask Tharoor a question related to the Colonial rule. He began by saying:
“You mentioned that Britain left India in a worse off condition than had it been without Britain…What about the skills in engineering and manufacturing India acquired, the administrative and democratic processes it inherited, the infrastructure left behind, and most of all the rapid education of the Indian people of which you are an excellent example.”
Then the man dropped the core question:
That was enough to charge Tharoor. He started with what India was when the British arrived.
He used statistics to explain what the British ACTUALLY did.
And some more to outline the economic horrors of the British Raj. (You see, stats don’t lie.)
Then he cited the observations of a 1930s historian to drive home the point that British did nothing to educate Indians.
Towards the end, he pointed out that everything India is today is because of the nation’s own zeal and not because the British “left behind” something.
He also had something for the apologists of the British rule. (The audience applauded him for this.)
When host Tony Jones mentioned the textile industry of the Colonial era, Tharoor underlined the fraud committed by the Empire.
You can watch Tharoor responding to the question at 44.52 in this video: