My ancestors were Indian. Helped serve the British Empire? You think they had a choice?
Are you seriously trying to tell me that British rule did good for India? Go and open a history book that isn’t whitewashed beyond all recognition. Go and speak to the descendants of the peoples that were colonised. Ask them about the ‘good’ the British Empire did for their countries. Ask about the Koh-i-Noor diamond.
I may be British, but I’m of Indian heritage, and I’m ashamed of what one part of my identity did to the other. It hurts me to even think about it. But it’s the reality.
Are you so lacking in compassion, so wrapped up in Britain’s greatness that you’ve managed to read a list of crimes no country should ever have had the power to commit (heavy trigger warnings on this for violence, murder, rape), and still come out of that supporting the regime that literally killed for its own profit and glory?
You think that we were in any position to ‘civilise’ anyone? You think invaders have that right?
When you want to step out of your snowy white fantasy land and join the real world, then we’ll talk.
god bless this post.
dear anon: don’t you ever fucking go into an indian person’s ask box, or anyone’s ask box for that matter, and try to defend what an empire of CRUELTY did to our country. don’t you ever fucking say the british ‘civilized’ us, as if indians are sub-human, inferior peoples who needed the wonderful white hands of british people to lift us out of our misery. that line of thinking alone REEKS of racism and feeds into the incredibly harmful thought process of white people being inherently better than people of color. no one should be proud of what the british did to the rest of the world in that time period. like claudia said in a previous post, the british have done a lot of good and deserve praise for that, but the british empire was absolutely one of the worst regimes in history in a lot of areas, worldwide, and should be recognized as such. yes, britain brought railroads and commerce to india. it also exploited local economies and labor and stole many of india’s commodities simply for its own economic gain. it was founded on a culture of racism, oppression, and inhumanity. that is unethical and that is wrong, and the fact that you’re so fucking blinded by your love that you can’t see that is appalling. just because you were born because of the british empire does not make the crimes they committed okay, and it does not mean you have to blindly support what they did. I beg you to go to india, to see the girls bleaching their skin to be seen as beautiful, to see fair and lovely profiting off the internalized racism of indians, to see fellow indians treated like kachara because their skin is not white, and tell me you are still ‘proud’ of your ‘empire’. I beg you to read about the thousands who starved to death while white british men and women prospered. I beg you to see how indians were treated as subpar, second class, lesser, in their OWN COUNTRY during the raj. I beg you to read of the famines, the murders, the violence, the MILLIONS of lives that were lost to this regime. before you dare take pride in something so inhumane, take off your rose-colored glasses and open your eyes. the fact that you would be proud of what happened is sick.
saying that a british person should blindly be proud of their oppressive history in this time period is even sicker. saying that to a british indian woman like claudia makes my skin crawl. how dare you invalidate the turmoil and oppression her ancestors went through and that she no doubt still goes through today for being indian. how dare you imply someone who was directly hurt by this tragedy of an ‘empire’ should be PROUD of what happened simply because they are british. telling a half-indian, half-white british woman to be proud of british colonialism is like telling a half-black, half-white american woman to be proud of american slavery because it ‘developed the country’ and brought ‘civilization’ to black people. do you see how fucking toxic your line of thinking is yet?
not to mention the fact that their regime broke two brothers apart. India and Pakistan. If it wasn’t for them we both would still be one. You destroyed us, started riots that lasted years between Hindus and Muslims. What the fuck should we thank you for??
The British also banned homosexuality (which was considered normal and acceptable in South Asian societies). Now homosexuality is a taboo amongst South Asians. And it is still illegal in India. British Victorian ideals (which happen to be restrictive, patriarchal, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, etc) are still enforced in our cultures and communities.
Let’s see, what else. the British imposed the English language onto South Asian societies, too. Now many North Indians prefer to speak English and look down at fluent Hindi speakers because they think only “poor” people speak Hindi. Now, highly respected “Indian” literature is written in English (see: Aravind Adiga, Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy, etc) instead of Hindi or other Indian languages.
Also, India itself is a very linguistically, ethnically, religiously diverse society, but many Indians do not identify with other Indians. South Indian cultures are very different from Northern Indian cultures. Eastern Indian cultures are so different from Northern Indian cultures. Same with Western Indian cultures, and central Indian cultures, etc. There are also tribal peoples, groups, and cultures all over India, who don’t identify as Indian. (in fact, many Northern Indians identify more with Pakistan than with South Indians!)
Yet the British have forced us to be one big country in 1947, and today India remains very unstable. Many Indians get angry that Hindi and English are two official languages while Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc. are not considered official languages of India. Some groups in India want to secede away from India and declare themselves as a seperate nation. Blah blah I don’t need to get into internal politics about communal tension and ethnic differences.
The British also made up some stupid, disgusting, sensational lies that still persist to this day. In the late 19th century, a British officer, William Sleeman, claimed that both Hindus and Indian Muslims united together to form a killing cult and worship Goddess Kali (whom the British claimed was a goddess of death, but that was inaccurate). They supposedly killed and robbed people in the name of Goddess Kali. They were called “Thuggees” (a Sanskrit/Hindi word). You know that the word “thug” came from “Thuggee”? Now, “thug” is a racist slur associated with black people. Today, many Indian historians dispute the existence of Thuggees, and say that the Thuggees never existed, that William Sleeman and other Britons lied in order to demonize Indians. And guess what? White people still talk about the Thuggees today, as if they were real!
The British have also banned some of our traditions, such as Indian martial arts.
Sorry for the long rant, lol, but this shit always gets to me. Fuck the British Empire and fuck all the assholes who glorify imperialism and colonialism.
P.S if I have stated any wrong information here, please correct me. Thank you.