In a recent speech to the Oxford Union, Shashi Tharoor, an Indian politician (Congressmen), reminded us of our history! The history of being oppressed for centuries, of bloody massacres, mass arrests, the suppression of democratic rights and the supplanting of our own culture to serve the British interests.
The main thrust of Dr Tharoor’s speech was about the economic toll that British rule took on India.
He said: “India’s share of the world economy when Britain arrived on it shores was 23 per cent. By the time the British left it was down to below four per cent. Why? Simply because India had been governed for the benefit of Britain. Britain’s rise for 200 years was financed by its depredations in India.”
The video has gone viral on the internet and is highly appreciated. Even the Prime Minister Narendra Modi could not ignore the impact and appreciated the speech context:
“The Oxford debate has a huge significance. It is good that Shashiji was there … What he spoke there reflected the sentiments of the citizens of India.”
Watch this video and do share your thoughts on the same: