Hindus want Britain to tender a formal apology to India and relatives of affected families for reportedly about three million starvation deaths in the great famine of 1943.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA), said that if allegations mentioned in Madhusree Mukerjee’s recent book “Churchill’s secret war: the British empire and the ravaging of India during World War II” (Basic Books, New York) were true, Britain should tender a formal apology for what was described as a preventable catastrophe caused by intentional negligence of Britain.

This book by Mukerjee, a nuclear physicist with a doctorate from University of Chicago and former editor of Scientific American who lives in Germany, reportedly alleges that millions of people of Bengal were left to starve ignoring repeated pleas to Britain for emergency food aid. Some other countries offered to help but were prevented.

The Then British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s racism, prejudice and callousness were blamed for this easily stoppable famine. Britain apparently did not consider Indian lives worth saving and it was said to be a deliberate decision to let Indians starve. During this famine, babies were said to be abandoned like stray cats, children picked undigested grain from faeces, and sheer number of corpses created disposal problem.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that this was simply inhuman, immoral and ungodly; a disaster brought by British policy towards India at that time.


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  1. Britain has a lot to apologise for in India. Some of the greediest and nastiest policies benefited Britain at the expense of India. Let’s start with the Salt Tax and the Great Hedge they built to effectively reduced the health and resilience of the Indians to survive the Great Famine of 1876 (the picture at the corner is from that era when a young photographer arranged starving people to make a photo op). 1943 in Bengal was very bad and has been graphically captured in still photos, and it certainly radicalised politics there but missionary records in Boston show that 1876 was far, far worse. Entire villages simply disappeared, and created a mass displacement of people in the Deccan and the Madras Presidency.

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