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.
Defacing a statue of Sir Winston Churchill to ‘own the fascists’.
How did the police let them get away with this? https://t.co/NQcL4YZBAI
— Darren Grimes (@darrengrimes_) June 7, 2020
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.
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”.
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.
Tell that to the people of Bengal & Odisha piers. Your “saviour” starved 3 million of them to death to protect you from “the worst racist”. 3 million in 1 year is a worse kill rate than all the German concentration camps put together. https://t.co/b0QBpG1IqR
— Abhijit Iyer-Mitra (@Iyervval) June 7, 2020
No. They are treating Churchill exactly the way he deserves to be treated
He was blindingly racist to Indians, killed at least 4mn at one go during the Bengal famine because everything from India was directed towards war efforts.
White ppl need to stop calling him a statesman. https://t.co/3MSIVHkUgg
— Vidya (@VidyaKrishnan) June 8, 2020
Churchill engineered the Bengal famine in India, 1943.
“I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion.”
When Indians begged for food, Churchill said it was their fault for “breeding like rabbits”.
4 million Indians starved to death. pic.twitter.com/QN9ZlDYWii
— H. Sumeri (@IraqiSecurity) June 7, 2020
“What’s next?! Tearing down statues of Winston Churchill?!”
Well, now that you’ve mentioned it…
Let’s talk about one of the most widely celebrated genocidal racists in European history.
— H. Sumeri (@IraqiSecurity) June 7, 2020
The Bengal famine 1943: British Policy under Churchill saw the estimated death of over 3 million people.
His reply? Their fault for "breeding like rabbits" pic.twitter.com/Qlz5V2xXSk
— Jake (@TJake2012) June 7, 2020
He caused the Bengal famine, killing millions of people. Just because they weren't white, it doesn't mean their lives didn't matter. Men, women and children. Millions of them. That's on his hands. pic.twitter.com/iWTRXyWdyu
— Kubba (@calandeer) June 7, 2020
Not his finest hour!
Yesterday #BlackLivesMatter protesters defaced a statue of Winston Churchill in London.Churchill was responsible for the Bengal famine of 1943.He often made disparaging comments about Indians,“I hate Indians.They are a beastly people with a beastly religion.” pic.twitter.com/SwoOLRmvAK
— Mayukh Biswas (@MayukhDuke) June 8, 2020
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Churchill’s genocide horrified his own cabinet. It’s called the #BengalFamine
Britain didn’t stand alone as the empire provided resources inc cannon fodder. Our ancestors fought for freedoms they did not have. We also fought & won them from UK.
Churchill was a war criminal https://t.co/ApYDzQSeea
— Sunny Singh (@ProfSunnySingh) June 7, 2020
a quick reminder that Winston Churchill said the words "Famine or no famine, Indians will always breed like rabbits." In 1943 which led to him ordering a “Bengal Famine” where 2-3 million people from the Bengal Province died.
But they won’t teach you that in school will they. pic.twitter.com/HPwwWbsKx7
— Ishan 🇧🇩 (@I_Ali101) June 7, 2020
Winston Churchill was evil as hell. Him being less evil than Hitler doesn't make him a hero
— #DISUNOMICS (@_NOMICS) June 7, 2020
Not sure why people are surprised or upset the Winston Churchill memorial statue is being defaced. Churchill was a white supremacist who starved and brutalised people throughout the British empire. He doesn't deserve a fucking statue.
— RD Hale (@SkyeCityAuthor) June 6, 2020
Only caused a famine that killed millions of my people but whateverrrr pic.twitter.com/35LbcwpIp8
— KC. 🥽 (@SadioBobbyMo) June 7, 2020
why am i just now learning how racist winston Churchill was?!?!??? in school we are taught how wonderful he was and how he won us the war…. fuck the uk education system
— sarah🐸✨🦕ᵃᶜᵃᵇ (@coverenthusiast) June 8, 2020
At least 3 million Indians died due to Winston Churchill’s course of action during the Bengal Famine of 1943 in India. "I hate Indians," he told the Secretary of State for India. "They are a beastly people with a beastly religion." The famine was their own fault.
Racist enough? pic.twitter.com/WWwXiE8kqu
— Jagrut Bharat (@TheFearlessInd1) June 7, 2020
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.