Video: Shashi Tharoor on the British contribution to India – The Indian Express

Shashi TharoorContrary to popular opinion, the presence of British in India did more harm than good. The colonial empire incessantly looted and plundered one of the richest countries in the world for 200 years. – Shashi Tharoor

Author and politician Shashi Tharoor is known for his verbose tweets and quick-witted repartee. The former diplomat, who is currently serving as a full-time MP from Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram, is not known to mince words and this was proved yet again when he was asked if India has not benefited from the presence of British, especially while imbibing skills in the field of engineering, infrastructure and education.

Tharoor, who was attending the Melbourne Writers Festivals 2017 in Australia, did not hold back his words as he went on to ‘school’ the person asking the question and others in the crowd. He categorically explained how, contrary to popular opinion, the presence of British in India did more harm than good, and that the colonial empire incessantly looted and plundered one of the richest countries in the world for 200 years. He went to say that education was the last thing on the British colonialists’ minds and that they left India in ashes. This part comes after 44:55 in the video.

Shashi Tharoor’s earlier speech at the Oxford Union (2015) ⇓

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4 Responses

  1. Really sad that the BJP-RSS-VHP combine can’t produce a public intellectual of the calibre of Shashi Tharoor!

    • All those past years, Tharoor held back his tongue. Now that he wish to participate intellectually, and he is an intelligent person, he should lead the Congress Historians Brigade and enlighten them with the correct historical details. Perhaps, you may have some claims over your sarcasm!

  2. Definiyely it will not be much more than what your CONGRESS Govt looted in 60 years of its misrule.

  3. Reblogged this on Voices and Visions.

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