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India's prime minister endorses call for Britain to pay reparations for colonial rule - Telegraph


India's prime minister endorses call for Britain to pay reparations for colonial rule
India’s prime minister has praised an opposition MP who made an impassioned appeal for Britain to pay reparations for 200 years of colonial rule.

Narendra Modi said Shashi Tharoor’s speech at the Oxford Union, which was posted online last week, “reflected the feelings of patriotic Indians” and that he said “the right things at the right place”.
Mr Tharoor, a Congress MP, writer and former UN under-secretary general, said that “Britain’s rise for 200 years was financed by its depredations in India”

“We paid for our own oppression,” he said “It’s a bit rich to impress, maim, kill, torture and repress and then celebrate democracy at the end of it.”
“India's share of the world economy when Britain arrived on its shores was 23 per cent. By the time the British left it was down to below four per cent," Tharoor said in the May 28 debate.

"Why? Simply because India had been governed for the benefit of Britain.”
Mr Tharoor added that Indians had "literally paid for our own oppression," as by the end of the 19th century they were the world's biggest purchasers of British goods as well as providing employment for highly paid civil servants.

“In fact, Britain’s industrial revolution was actually premised upon the de-industrialisation of India,” he said.

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The 15-minute speech has been viewed more than 1.5 million times on YouTube and was widely praised by the Indian press.

Mr Modi responded to the speech earlier this week, saying: "Tharoor's speech reflected the feelings of patriotic Indians on the issue and showed what impression one can leave with effective arguments by saying the right things at the right place."

Mr Tharoor, who has often been criticised by Congress president Sonia Gandhi for praising Mr Modi and his initiatives, also called on Britain to apologise for colonial rule.
As far as I am concerned, the ability to acknowledge a wrong that has been done, to simply say sorry, will go a far, far, far longer way than some percentage of GDP in the form of aid," he said.

"What is required, it seems to me, is accepting the principle that reparations are owed."

Mr Modi, however, did not say whether he backed Mr Tharoor's demand for an apology. The British High Commission in Delhi declined to comment.

Mr Modi is due to visit Britain later this year. The dates of the trip have yet to be finalised.

Many in India want Britain to make amends for the wrongs committed during its colonial rule.

David Cameron had to face severe criticism during his last trip to India for not apologising for the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar, where hundreds of non-violent pro-independence protesters were shot dead at the behest of Colonel Reginald Dyer.

The Prime Minister expressed regret for the massacre during a visit to Amritsar in 2013 and laid a wreath at a memorial, but Indian critics said it was not enough.
 
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Mr Modi, however, did not say whether he backed Mr Tharoor's demand for an apology. The British High Commission in Delhi declined to comment.
Better for them. They shouldn't listen to that.


The Prime Minister expressed regret for the massacre during a visit to Amritsar in 2013 and laid a wreath at a memorial, but Indian critics said it was not enough.
The bit that I've got is that Britain right now is facing two parties of Indian claimants, one party is asking for an apology and the other party is asking for reparations. Don't you think they should agree on something specific ? The apology or the reparations ?


“In fact, Britain’s industrial revolution was actually premised upon the de-industrialisation of India,” he said.
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@missbishi , What do say about that ?
 
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Better for them. They shouldn't listen to that.




The bit that I've got is that Britain right now is facing two parties of Indian claimants, one party is asking for an apology and the other party is asking for reparations. Don't you think they should agree on something specific ? The apology or the reparations ?
If they have any intention of settling this with India, it doesn't need to be done half ass. They need to do both, or do nothing.
 
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If they have any intention of settling this with India, it doesn't need to be done half ass. They need to do both, or do nothing.
Yeah that's logical. But what we're facing here is that India asking the UK to pay $3 trillion ! <)0(>

Minhaz Merchant, a columnist and publisher, calculated the reparations due to India at close to $3tn (£1.9tn), though he said the “atrocities could not be quantified”.
Narendra Modi endorses Britain paying damages to India for colonial rule | World news | The Guardian

What a huge cost !

Either Modi is crazy or he's trying to increase his popularity using this issue. Honestly,I don't see any intention from UK, besides India can't push on UK to gain concessions. So, I rule out that UK would give in to the demands.
 
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That will never happen. I'll say this, when the USA decides to give the former slaves and their decedents the 30 acres and a mule they promised them for years of hardship, then I'll be more inclined to think that Britain will pay up. Until then, you can put that on the credit card with the rest of the bills.
 

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It's a little bit too late for Indians to start demanding for reparations or apologies. Those responsible for the theft of Indian resources and the oppression of its people died a long time ago. You don't make the grandchildren pay for their grandparent's crimes.

Apparently the world economy is so bad that lots of nations now seek reparations for many different reasons:

- Russia wanted Germany to pay trillions for attacking the USSR.
- Greece wanted $300 Billion for WW II reparations.
- Caribbean countries called for reparations for slavery.

And more . . .

If the aforementioned countries get any reparations then India should expect the UK to hand them the money.
 
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Yeah, that's never going to happen. It always amazes me when stories like this pop up. NOW you want to get paid. Sheesh.
 
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I reckon maybe the people in those days may have wanted reparation for the wrongs done, but got nothing back and many are bitter about the past and want financial support which may put the mind at rest and it could happen one day, but not at the moment. There must be a reason that they are demanding money now and want an apology as well and may want the Queen to do it and the political people, which will be interesting to see and wonder how it will work out for both sides. The crimes have been long done, but the written words must cause some to have anger and also sadness that their ancestors had to face a rule like slaves under the British which is hard to forget.
 
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Hmm, this article does not sound good to me. It is like scratching a scar and trying to open up old wounds. The past is past, let bygones be bygones. That move to seek reparation from a former colonizer does not speak well of good relations. It's like the Philippines asking for the same with the US. But come to think of it, the Japanese do not need a US visa but Filipinos need a US visa and the US is even very strict to Filipinos.. who were their compatriots during world war 2.
 
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Hmm, this article does not sound good to me. It is like scratching a scar and trying to open up old wounds. The past is past, let bygones be bygones. That move to seek reparation from a former colonizer does not speak well of good relations. It's like the Philippines asking for the same with the US. But come to think of it, the Japanese do not need a US visa but Filipinos need a US visa and the US is even very strict to Filipinos.. who were their compatriots during world war 2.
Actually the Filipino Government makes it difficult for it's citizens to leave the country because it collects so much in OFW fees. If all that was required was a passport to enter the USA, most Filipinos would never leave. Right now there is an estimated 100,000 illegal Filipino immigrants in the USA. That is why your people will never be given a fair shake at a tourist visa. The illegals are actually a burden and have set the standard of any attempt to change the policies set forth to control your visitations to the States.

By the way, the United States actually liberated most of the Pacific from the Japanese, including the Philippines. Are you guys going to pay us back for the lives we lost to help you guys out? I don't think so.
 
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sounds like my mother in law. If she buys you a soda one time, a year later she's bringing it up because she wants you to buy her a car.
 

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