शशिवर्यः विन्स्टनचर्चिलवर्यस्य विषये (Shashi Tharoor on Winston Churchill)

यदा विन्स्टनचर्चिलवर्यः जीवितः आसीत् तदा सः देवस्वरूपः आसीत्। सम्प्रति चर्चिलवर्यः तु विष्णुलोके निवसति इति जनाः मन्यन्ते। सोनीयाभक्तः शशिथरूरः चर्चिलविषये इदं लिखति। कदा चर्चिलवर्यः विष्णुलोकात् मृत्युलोकम् आगच्छत् इति अहं न जानामि।
चर्चिलवर्यः दुर्जनः आसीत् इति अहं न कथयामि। सः वीरः मेधावी च आसीत्। मम आशयः अस्ति कोऽपि जनः यथा सः स्वविरोधिभिः सह वर्तते तस्मात् सः कीदृशः पुरुषः अस्ति इति न निश्चेतव्यम्। वासुदेवः सर्वमिति स महात्मा सुदुर्लभः।

As Britain ruthlessly exploited India, between 15 and 29 million Indians died tragically unnecessary deaths from starvation. The last large-scale famine to take place in India was under British rule; none has taken place since, since free democracies don’t let their people starve to death. Some four million Bengalis died in the Great Bengal Famine of 1943 after Winston Churchill deliberately ordered the diversion of food from starving Indian civilians to well-supplied British soldiers and European stockpiles. “The starvation of anyway underfed Bengalis is less serious” than that of “sturdy Greeks”, he argued. When officers of conscience pointed out in a telegram to the Prime Minister the scale of the tragedy caused by his decisions, Churchill’s only response was to ask peevishly “why hasn’t Gandhi died yet?”


२०१४-०९-२४ बुधवासरः (2014-09-24 Wednesday)