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Britain has ‘historical amnesia’ on what its empire entailed, should teach colonial history in schools, says Shashi Tharoor




Shashi Tharoor said that he objects Indians who forgive and forget, thereby forgetting the ‘British raj’. (Reuters)
Stating that Indians and Britons have forgotten the British rule in India, Congress Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor today questioned why the British don’t teach their colonial history in schools. The senior leader, who is also arguable one of the country’s best orator, said that there is a ‘historical amnesia’ in Britain about what the empire entailed. Speaking to the British channel, Channel 4 , on the launch of his book ‘Inglorious Empire’, he further said that he objects Indians who forgive and forget, thereby forgetting the ‘British raj’.
Tharoor cited the example of students studying at an ‘A’ level and claimed that students are not taught the colonial history or about Britain’s prosperity from the attack and plundering of empires. As quoted by The Indian Express, Tharoor said, “Britain came to one of the richest countries in the world (India) in the early 18th century and reduced it, after 200 years of plunder, to one of the poorest.”
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Further stating that India’s economy is as big as that of Britain’s, at present, Tharoor said that while both the country’s relations are about two sovereign nations which came a long way, awarenes on the history is also required. As per Th Indian Express report, Tharoor said, “If you don’t know where you’ve come from, how will you appreciate where you’re going.”
With days left for the inaugural session between Commonwealth trade ministers in London, Tharoor stated that India is concerned about Brexit and its implication on India and also said that issues like free trade, immigration, student’s condition and work permit will be discussed. “If you don’t really want a lot of foreigners in the country, what exactly are you going to give India in return for selling your goods to the Indian market,” he questioned while adding, “You will need to accept that India’s strengths are in providing services, people and expertise in areas like IT and software.”

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