Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Retracing and remembering

Reading this bit on the Daily Dish, I was again reminded why the British (atleast their colonial ancestors) were such bigoted SOBs...

From here: Winston Churchill was the Prime Minister of the time [Bengal famine of 1943], his involvement in the disaster and indeed his knowledge of it remains a mystery. When in response to an urgent request by the Secretary of State for India, Leo Amery, and Wavell to release food stocks for India, Churchill responded with a telegram to Wavell asking, if food was so scarce, "why Gandhi hadn’t died yet." Initially during the famine he was more concerned with the civilians of Greece (who were also suffering from a famine) compared with the Bengalis. In the end Churchill did ask for US assistance, writing to Roosevelt that he was "no longer justified in not asking for aid" but the American response was negative.

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