Shashi Tharoor has been taking jabs at the British whenever any of them dares to raise the Colonial past.
In fact, Tharoor has been at the forefront of telling the British in their face that they need to apologize for their actions during the almost 200 years of their reign over the Indian sub-continent.
In 2015, during the Oxford Union debate, Tharoor had pointed out that Britain basically owes reparations (compensation for insult or injury) to India because of what they did during the Colonial period.
On March 3, he slammed the British education system for failing to teach British children their Colonial history especially how they plundered India to fuel Britain’s Industrial Revolution.
This time, Tharoor was asked by Sky News’ British presenter Colin Brazier about why Britain should pay reparations.
At this Tharoor gave him a powerful response in which he not only highlighted what Indians did for Britain but also how the British exploited India and the Indians.
What Tharoor said:
He cites Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s apology last year for the Komagata Maru incident in spite of the fact that the Canadians were not responsible for the deaths of the 19 passengers who met a grizzly end at the hands of the British.
He said, “To my mind I think just taking collective responsibility is a moral step that the British have simply not contemplated after 200 years of profiting from their empire.”
“Do you know that a million Indians fought under arms for the British side? Do you know that Indians supplied pack animals, clothing, food, ration, even rail lines ripped out of the ground for the war effort?” he asks.
“I am quite sure you don’t know that because the British don’t tell you that!” Tharoor exclaims.
In the end he tells Brazier, “Look back at the reality, not just the financial reality. The reality in terms of human lives…and then decide if there is something worthy of apologizing for.”