Indians Recall Bengal Famine As Churchill’s Statue Is Vandalized By #BLM Protestors

A statue of Winston Churchill in Westminster, London, was vandalised by protestors of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. His name below the statue was struck out, “Was a racist” was spray-painted underneath, and a “Black Lives Matter” sign was taped onto the monument, reports Standard UK.

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While political authorities and a few celebrities condemned the act of the memorial statue calling it “disgraceful”, “act of criminal damage”, and “sheer vandalism and disorder”, many, especially Indians, took to Twitter to remind the world of the Bengal Famine of 1943 which was engineered by Winston Churchill himself.

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According to a report by The Guardian, the Bengal Famine of 1943 has the Churchill-era British policies to blame for its occurrence. 3 million people starved to death because of Churchill’s exhaustive use of Bengal’s resources for war elsewhere. He continued to export Bengal’s food supplies, leaving the people to die due to hunger. However, he blamed Indians for the famine and said it was our fault for “breeding like rabbits”.

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People online called out Winston Churchill for his discrimination towards Indians, holding him accountable for the Bengal Famine of 1943, and defending the act of defacing his statue in Westminster, reports News18.

Racism is a multi-levelled form of discrimination and is systematically carried out in the world. History has repeatedly shown us how several figures have been discriminatory towards 3rd world countries, profiting off them for the development of their own kind. Such figures might be regarded as ‘heroes’ by their own people, but it doesn’t absolve them of the heinous crimes committed towards other communities.

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